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ICAO Begins Security Audit Today

Anthony Awunor, Lagos

A team of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Auditors are already in Lagos, to commence the ICAO Universal Security Audit Programme today.

The ICAO visit is contained in a statement issued last Monday by Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, FAN Ndubuoke According to Ndubuoke, the team comprising of 4 members will look at the following areas: Regulatory Framework and the National Civil Aviation Security System; Training of Aviation Security Personnel; Quality Control Functions; Airport Operations; Aircraft and In-flight Security.

Other areas ICAO will look at are: Passenger and Baggage   Security; Cargo, Catering and Mail Security; Response to Acts of Unlawful Interference; Security Aspects of Facilitation Members of the team are Karen Zadoyan, Steven Neu, Nuno Miguel Silva Ferreira Fortes and Wendy Mueller.

The Audit will run for about 9 days and terminate on the 9th of June, 2014. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is the nation’s statutory regulatory Authority responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of National Civil Aviation Security Programme (NCASP).

In our preparations, adjustments have been made in some areas. These are response to ICAO’s compliance checklist, state aviation security activity questionnaire, state corrective action plan (CAP) and review   of all relevant NCAA aviation security documentation which includes the National Civil Aviation Security Programme. Others are National Civil Security Training Programme, National Civil Aviation Security Quality Control Programme and Scheduled Inspections, Surveys and Audits of Airports nationwide.

Capt.Muhtar Usman, the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) while speaking on the exercise said the objective of the audit is to determine a states’ capability for security oversight by assessing the implementation of the critical elements of a security oversight system.

Thereafter, recommendations will be provided for contracting states to improve their security systems and oversight capabilities. The DG has therefore, reiterated his call on all stakeholders in the industry to join hands with the Authority to ensure another successful outing similar to the preceding Audit of 2008.

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