COVID-19 violation: Your action irresponsible, FAAN tells Gov. Fintiri

***Govs, VIPs pose threat to COVID-19 fight at airports

***Live up to public expectation, FAAN MD tells Govs, others

Few days after former Governor of Zamfara state, Alhaji AbdulAziz Yari was carpeted for flouting Federal Government’s guidelines on COVID-19 at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Adamawa Governor, Alhaji Umaru Fintiri has come under condemnation by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) what it termed serious violation of airport security rules and that of COVID-19 guidelines.

The governor and his aides were said to have arrived the airport and shunned all the layers of bio-security put in place as recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO, and domesticated by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, with the view to stem the spread of Coronavirus.

The VIP in question bull dozed his way out of the terminal with his aides and by so doing jeopardized his health, that of his family members, close associates, domestic and office staff.

 

A very reliable source told Woleshadarenews that the governor’s security aides rammed into a barrier erected to curtail free access to security area of the airport and parked their vehicles in unathorised space, thereby violating not only international civil aviation rule but that of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Federal Government protocols on COVID-19.

FAAN, in a statement disclosed that on July 14, 2020 at the Port-Harcourt airport, the governor and 8 others on arrival at the airport breached security and refused to follow the public health protocols.
 FAAN, in a tweet, condemned the conduct of the  Fintiri. According to the airport authority, the governor refused to observe airport security and public health protocols.

“Governor Alh. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who arrived Port-Harcourt international Airport aboard aircraft 5N-IZY, at 17:08 hrs on 14th July 2020 with 8 others, and who flagrantly refused to observe the Airport Security and Public Health protocols as directed by the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on #COVID19 by refusing to have his temperature checked, or being sanitised by the health officials.”

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“His whole entourage of eight did exactly as he did. The team that came to receive them drove right through the barricades up to the terminal building ignoring traffic and Aviation Security instructions.

FAAN says this is irresponsible of the governor and endangers all other airport users.

“It is unacceptable, and as such it has also been duly escalated. FAAN hereby cautions all airport users, especially our esteemed VIPs, to please respect the Presidential directive by observing airport Security and Public Health travel protocols put in place to protect all air travellers against acts of unlawful interference, infection and the spread of the covid-19.”

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Unlike governor Fintiri, the agency says another governor, Seyi Makinde of Oyo who used the Port Harcourt airport observed all protocols subjecting himself to health checks.

The constant violation of COVID-19 protocols by VIPs experts said could derail the fight against the deadly coronavirus pandemic and protection of lives at the nation’s aerodromes.

Those that should be exemplary in conforming with the new protocols, the Very Important Personalities, VIPs, have been variously caught breaking the new rules with ignominy thus endangering their lives and that of the general public.

Meanwhile, the Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Hamisu Rabiu Yadudu, appealed to well-meaning Nigerians especially those that should be seen as role model, to live up to the public expectations from them, as the younger generation and the airport personnel will no doubt be disappointed and looked at them with low esteem.

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Yadudu noted that since the commencement of flight operations there was no hiccup as passengers, airlines, ground handlers, and all others involved in the aviation chain, complied with the new normal as stipulated by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, that domesticated protocols from ICAO and IATA.

Wole Shadare