U.K., Nigerian aviation officials partner on security initiatives

To boost aviation security, officials from the West African nation of Nigeria and the United Kingdom have partnered to come up with strategies to prevent acts of terrorism from happening on airplanes.

For the past several years, British High Commissioner Paul Arkwright and the U.K. Department of Transport have worked on aviation security initiatives with Henrietta Yakubu, head of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria. The collaboration between the nations led to the recently advanced security training made available to personnel and management at Abuja, Nigeria's Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

Janki Miles, the British High Commission's Aviation Security leader, has been instrumental in assisting the Nigerian government with aviation security improvements, such as the implementation of security screening equipment and advanced training.

For their efforts, Nigeria's aviation leaders were presented with a certificate of excellence by the British High Commission's Aviation Security division. A group of Nigerian officials, led by Yakubu, traveled to the U.K. to receive the award, which was presented by Arkwright.

"We would like to thank the Nigerian aviation authorities for their continued efforts and their ongoing partnership with us and look forward to doing more on this important agenda through 2016," U.K. aviation officials said.

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