Nigeria Commended by ICAO Auditors for Robust Airport Security Policies

Auditors of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Security Audit Programme the continuous Monitoring Approach (USAP-CMA) of Nigeria have commended the country for its robust policies and agencies with clear mandates on airport security. 

The ICAO team leader, Callum Vine according to a statement by the Director Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN Mrs Obiageli Orah gave the commendation at the Audit Debrief on Friday 22nd March at the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Headquarters in the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

According to Mr. Vine, Nigeria was a success and scored well in most of the key indicators acknowledged the speed with which the personnel dealt with identified deficiencies without complaints. 

He said, the full report of the audit would be made available to Nigeria by ICAO within 60 days, after which there will be 30 days for the country to make comments. 

The ICAO team leader added that after this, the country will be expected to file its plan to meet compliance with the organization.

In her response at the debriefing, the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority (FAAN), Mrs. Olubunmi Kuku, said the Authority would use the results of the audit as a roadmap for continuous improvement in the services it renders to airport users and stakeholders. 

She urged all stakeholders to collaborate closely, share best practices, and remain vigilant in upholding the highest standards of security in the Nigerian aviation industry. 

Mrs. Kuku thanked all government agencies, security bodies, government institutions, and heads of aviation agencies for their contributions to this incredible achievement.

The USAP CMA which ran for two weeks terminated on the 22nd March, 2024 and covered the following areas: Inflight Security (IFS), Passenger and Baggage Security (PAX), Acts of Unlawful Interference (AUI), Facilitation (FAL), Legislation (LEG), Training (TRG), Quality Control Function (QCF), Operations (OPS) and Cargo, Mail and Catering (CGO).

Present at the debrief were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace; Dr. Emmanuel Meribole, who represented the Minister and the Acting Director General, Nigeria Civil Aviation (NCAA), Captain Chris Najomo.

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