The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is set to deploy new liquid explosive detection system at the airports.
Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, said the detectors which are being introduced in major international airports across the country, would improve the security measures at airports, and effectively combat terrorism.
Sirika said the system has been tested and inaugurated and specifically configured to identify the presence of potentially harmful and explosive liquid gels in sealed containers.
He also said it would reduce long queues at the airports across the country especially, for travellers on the international route.
“As we well know the airports are currently undergoing upgrades in phases, which we are being implemented to meet up with international standards and satisfy the cravings of Nigerians,” he said.
“The essence of deploying these new facilities is to ensure maximum security at our airports checks and control and to curb long waits clearance on liquid gels, medications and much more.”
The minister also said the government has trained security staff on how to manage the gadgets at each airport.
Also speaking, Emmanuel Egboh, chief executive officer (CEO) of Advonics Services Nigeria Limited, the company involved in the acquisition process, said the detectors identify liquid concealed explosives through millimetre-wave technology.
He said such technology is the first of its kind in Africa, and that he was proud there is something “the whole of Africa can actually trail behind the country for”.