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Nigeria set for international aviation audit exercise, says NCAA


AirportsThe Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has expressed said that the country is absolutely ready for the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)’s Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) in the aviation sector, aimed at determining the nation’s level of implementation of safety-related Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs).

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the exercise yesterday in Lagos, the Director-General, NCAA, Muhtar Usman, stated that the authority has left no stone unturned and all hands were put on deck to ensure adequate preparation for the audit.

He added that there has been encouraging cooperation and working relationship between all the relevant parastatals and the regulatory authority towards a successful outing.

According to him, periodic audits and certification are not unfamiliar to us in the aviation industry, adding that successive audits have been concluded with successes all the way and to all intent and purposes, this prevalent exercise would be similarly successful, he noted.

Usman, who said that the growth and development of aviation in Nigeria is undergoing a periodic examination by ICAO, noted that the goal of the audit is to promote global aviation safety through regular audits in all member states.

Areas that would be focused on during the exercise include legislation, organisation, accident and incident investigation, air navigational services and aerodrome and ground aids.

The auditors, who will be working with the their Nigerian counterparts, will visit the NCAA’s regional offices and all the relevant service providers in the aviation industry. The team will also work in separate groups based on specific assignments.

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