May 19, 2024

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ICAO SECURITY AUDIT: NIGERIA COMES OUT WITH FLYING COLOURS

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Very well-trained FAAN aviation security personnel

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has done Nigeria proud again as it earned a clean bill of health in airport security management as revealed in the latest audit by the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO, Montreal, Canada.

The excellent outcome was announced over the weekend, at the Audit Debrief by Callum Vine, the Team Leader of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Security Audit Program, the continuous Monitoring Approach, (USAP-CMA), that conducted the audit in Nigeria.

Callum Vine announced that Nigeria scored very well in most of the key indicators and praised the airport managers, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, and the regulatory authority, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, for having very robust policies and agencies with clear mandates on airport security.

Self-service kiosk to enhance passenger facilitation being tested by the former minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, NAIA, 2021

Vine also acknowledged the speed with which the personnel dealt with identified deficiencies without complaints.

He explained that the full report of the audit would be made available to Nigeria by ICAO within 60 days, after which there would be 30 days for the country to make comments. He also added that after this, the country will be expected to file its plan to meet compliance with the organization.

Speaking at the occasion, the Managing Director/Chief Executive of FAAN, Mrs Olubunmi Kuku, said her management would use the result of the audit as a roadmap for continuous improvement in the services it renders to airport users and stakeholders.

Kuku urged all stakeholders to collaborate closely, share data, and remain vigilant in upholding the highest security standard in the Nigerian aviation industry.

Passenger facilitation, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos

She expressed gratitude to all government agencies, security bodies, government institutions, and heads of aviation agencies for their contributions to this incredible achievement.

The objective of the USAP-CMA is to promote global aviation security through continuous auditing and monitoring of Member States’ aviation security performance, to enhance their aviation security compliance, and oversight capabilities, by regularly and continuously obtaining and analyzing data on Member States’ aviation security performance.

Aviation security (Avsec) at work in another clime, with the state-of-the-art body scanner

Also of interest to ICAO, is the level of implementation of the critical elements of an aviation security oversight system and the degree of compliance with the Standards of Annex 17 — Security; and the relevant security-related Standards of Annex 9 — Facilitation; as well as associated procedures, guidance material, and security-related practices.

Present at the debriefing were, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Dr. Emmanuel Meribole, who represented Mr. Festus Keyamo, the Honourable Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, and the Acting Director General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA), Captain Chris Najomo.

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