Mr Muhktar Usman, the Director- General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has said that aviation practice in Nigeria is in conformity with global standard. Usman stated this during a presentation on the June 3, 2012, Dana Airline plane crash at the 3rd anniversary of the crash on Wednesday in Abuja. He said that aviation practice all over the world was the same, adding that it might differ only in size and complexity.
The NCAA Boss added that Nigeria, as a one of the contracting states of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), derived guidance on all its aviation activities from the 1994 Chicago Convention. He explained that the country was signatory to the convention which contained the International Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and the ICAO documents where the guidance materials were published. According to Usman, Nigeria has integrated its national regulations and practices, ensured timely implementation and enforcement in order to achieve safety and regularity of aircraft operations.
He said that NCAA was discharging its safety oversight obligations through the establishment and implementation of critical elements such as safety defence tools and associated procedures. Usman said the question of why and how the Dana plane crash happened was the sole responsibility of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) which investigates accidents and incidents within the Nigerian airspace. According to him, the NCAA is statutorily required to review the safety recommendations issued by the AIB and determine their applicability and implementation. “The NCAA is also mandatorily required to enforce and oversight the implementation of applicable safety recommendations by the operation,’’ he said.