ICAO scores Nigeria high, okays airports

Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria.

Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria.

THE International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has given Nigeria a clean bill of health.

In a preliminary report its team released after carrying out security audit assessment of the nation’s airports, ICAO said Nigeria performed excellently well.

Team leader, Steven Neu, said he was ‘very impressed’ with the ‘National Security Programme’ as his team only found ‘very minimal open items’ to be closed.

His words: “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 on the eight critical elements the audit was focused.

Neu said Nigeria is one of the first countries in the world to go through the USAP Continuous Monitoring Assessment (CMA) Audit, heaping praises on all the security agencies at the airports including the aviation security corps, Nigerian Police Airport Command, DSS, Port Health Services, Nigeria Air Force, Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and Quarantine services.

The team leader hinted now the USAP CMA activity has been completed, the draft findings and recommendations will be provided to the Regulatory Authority, NCAA.

He said: “
After 60 days ICAO will forward the USAP CMA audit report to Nigeria. In 30 days, Nigeria will submit its comments on the audit report if any. Within another 30 days, the country will submit to ICAO its Corrective Action Plan (CAP).”

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