ICAO audit team commends Nigeria’s policies on airport security

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*The managing director of FAAN, Mrs. Olubunmi Kuku with permanent secretary ministry of aviation and aerospace development, Dr. Emmanuel Meribole and acting director general, Civil Aviation, Capt Chris Najomo during the audit debrief at the NCAA Headquarters, Abuja.

The team lead of the recently concluded International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Security Audit Programme the Continuous Monitoring Approach (USAP-CMA) of Nigeria, Callum Vine said the country did well in most of the key indicators.

Spokesperson for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs Obiageli Orah, said Vine made the commendation at audit debriefing in Abuja.

He commended Nigeria for having “very robust policies and agencies with clear mandates on airport security.”

The team lead said ICAO would make the full report available to Nigeria within 60 days, after which there will be 30 days for the country to make comments.

“After this, the country will be expected to file its plan to meet compliance with the organisation,” he added.

In her remarks, the managing director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN), Mrs. Olubunmi Kuku, said the agency 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 the stakeholders to collaborate closely, share best practices, and remain vigilant in upholding the highest standards of security in the Nigerian aviation industry.

Kuku expressed appreciation to all the government agencies, institutions and heads of aviation agencies for their contributions to what she described as “this incredible achievement.”

The objectives of USAP-CMA are to promote global aviation security through continuous auditing and monitoring of member states’ aviation security performance, enhance their aviation security compliance and oversight capabilities by regularly and continuously obtaining and analysing data on member states’ aviation security performance, including 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.