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ICAO Completes Audit On Nigeria

Posted: Jun 11, 2015 at 12:54 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Abel Orukpe  – Lagos


The team of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Auditors has said that Nigeria performed creditably in the nine days audit conducted on the nation’s aviation security system. This is just as they completed audit on Nigerian aviation industry.

The  team leader, Steven Neu, who made this known  yesterday added that he  was very impressed with the National Security Programme (NSP) put in place, as there were very minimal open items to be closed.

According to him, “Nigeria surpassed our expectations. We reviewed the 2008 audit before we commenced this exercise but we discovered there have been massive improvements in the security systems at the airports. To Nigeria’s credit all the minimal open items were closed immediately. The audit was focused on the eight critical elements.”

The Team Leader said that Nigeria was one of the first countries in the world to go through the Universal Safety Audit Programme (USAP) Continuous Monitoring Assessment (CMA) Audit. He stated that now that the USAP CMA activity had been completed draft findings and that recommendations would be provided to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Daily Independent learnt that after 60 days ICAO would forward the USAP CMA audit report to Nigeria and that in 30 days, Nigeria would submit its comments on the audit report if any.

It was also learnt that within another 30 days, the country would submit to ICAO its Corrective Action Plan (CAP).

He commended security agencies at the airports such as the Aviation Security(AVSEC) , Nigerian Police Airport Command, Department of State Security (DSS),  Nigeria Air Force, Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Port Health Services and Quarantine Services.

The Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA), Capt. Muhtar Usman on his part commended the ICAO auditors for a very thorough and transparent audit.

He expressed joy that Nigeria’s performance was higher than the preceding audit in 2008, assuring ICAO that Nigeria would not rest on her oars but would continue to ensure that our air transport operation is secure and safe.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA), will soon commence preparation for the ICAO’s Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) coming up later in November.

While the USAP takes cognisance of states’ security at the airports, the ultimate goal of USOAP is promoting global aviation safety through regular audits of safety oversight systems in all ICAO member states.