NamPol and NAC sign MoU on safety and security

07 Sep 2018 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 07 SEP (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and Namibia Airports Company (NAC) cemented their agreement on the provision of security services at airports here on Friday.
NamPol Inspector General, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga noted that the agreement is aimed at creating conducive conditions for travellers and airport users.
“The nation needs to know that we are working together to provide the necessary safety as required of us,” said Ndeitunga.
NAC Acting Chief Executive Officer, Lot Haifidi said the agreement is part of the preparation for the upcoming aviation audit on aviation security by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), slated for November this year.
“It is essential that we enter this agreement for the provision of aviation security, which is in accordance with the applicable law. It is also very important to put the public at ease that the co-operators of the airport are indeed working together to ensure as much safety and security as possible,” stated Haifidi.
Although NamPol has had the automatic duty to provide safety and security services at the eight national airports, the agreement was only verbal for the past 20 years and this five-year renewable agreement is the first written document.
“We (NamPol) have cascaded our responsibility when it comes to the security of our airports to ensure that we meet the international requirements set up by ICAO,” Ndeitunga noted.
The processes involved in aviation security includes searching of all passengers, surveillance, training and capacity-building of officers handling and dealing with passengers.
ICAO is a specialised agency of the United Nations “which codifies the principles and techniques of international air navigation and fosters the planning and development of international air transport to ensure safe and orderly growth”.