By Daniel Eteghe
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is set to carry out a major audit of 4 Nigerian international airports across the country in May that is in line with international regulations of the agency.
Speaking to aviation correspondents at the NCAA Headquarters during the 7th Supervision mission by the World Bank team to the Agency, Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Herold Demuren explained that the agency would not certify any airport that has no perimeter fence adding that the management of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has already been informed of the situation
The ICAO audit, the director general said will be a total audit of the aviation industry which will include airlines, aerodrome, airports and other support services in the sector, adding that NCAA’s duty in this regard is to ensure that everything that will ensure the certification of airports are put in place in line with ICAO requirements.
Demuren added that the international body has agreed to turn its audit programme into a continuous assessment, adding that Nigeria has been chosen as the first country where the new assessment by the international body will commence.
“An airline has to fly for 50 hours without carrying passengers for to pass through the NCAA recertification exercise. It is expensive but that is the process.
It is a universal assessment audit to be carried out,’’ the NCAA boss said.
He said the 4 airports to be audited include the Nnamdi Azikiwe, Murtala Muhammed, Port Harcourt and Aminu Kano International Airports.
He also disclosed that only one airline in the country had been recertified by NCAA, adding that three more airlines were working assiduously for NCAA re-certification.
The NCAA boss also commended the World Bank for its assistance to the agency, particularly in the area of equipment acquisition and capacity building of the agency’s personnel.
In her response, the World Bank leader, Mrs Rabefaniraka expressed confident in working with the director general of NCAA, describing him as “one of the few people in the world that show that attainment of FAA CAT 1 was possible’’.
Also Mr Dauda Mohammed, World Bank Project Coordinator in the Ministry of Aviation, said that capacity building was one major task the bank had helped NCAA to achieve adding that the assessment is a continuous process which must be done regularly.