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We are working hard to flush out touts from our airports – Festus Keyamo (SAN)

The Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo (SAN), stated that his ministry is diligently working to eradicate touts from Nigeria’s international airports...READ THE FULL STORY HERE▶

Keyamo pointed out that there are two types of touts causing significant embarrassment to the country. He explained that there are touts within the airports and others outside, noting that the former are more dangerous and would require the assistance of armed security personnel to remove, while the latter are a national disgrace as they do not respect their uniforms.

During the Ministerial Sectoral Press Briefings, Keyamo emphasized, “There are two categories of touts at the airports: official touts and non-official touts. That is the reality.”

“You meet touts outside and inside the airport you meet touts in uniforms, who dip hands into bags, ask for money.

“In many cases, we’ve seen disgraceful videos on social media. Although this is not under us, it’s just our environment but we’ve spoken to the Interior and the National Security Adviser and we’re working jointly on that.

“We may have to present a joint memo very soon to try and reduce the human contact at the airports. All of those agencies should be behind glass doors somewhere.

“They cannot all be seen embarrassing our country. We’re addressing that problem and very soon we’re going to come with a holistic solution.

“For the touts outside, we are asking for back up because FAAN, they don’t carry arms. Some of these boys [touts outside] are armed.

“So we’re trying to call for help from normal security agencies to see how they can cooperate with us to purge them out of the airports.”

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