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September 23, 2013

Tyler urges African airlines to join IOSA before 2015

By LAWANI MIKAIRU & DANIEL ETEGHE

Director-General of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Mr. Tony Tyler has advised  governments in  Africa to ensure that African airlines are all enlisted in the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) before the year 2015.

While delivering his speech at the IATA Aviation Day 2013, with the theme: Safety, Infrastructure and Capacity Building- key to unlocking Africa’s Potentials held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, Mr. Tyler stressed that African governments should make it mandatory for their countries to be in the IOSA rating affirming that it was only Egypt and Madagascar that have done so.

He further noted that being part of IOSA would assist  African governments in safety oversight noting that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP) are very essential.

He stated that IOSA can assist government in safety oversight but added that it is not a substitute for effective safety oversight by civil aviation authorities.

Tyler stated that African governments must work together to ensure that the 2015 deadline is made a reality.

He noted that there were challenges of infrastructure, safety and policy issues that needed to be tackled to ensure safety and rapid growth in Nigeria.

‘’Infrastructure is a major challenge, there are some infrastructure challenges including reliability of fuel supply in Lagos. We must find a sustainable long-term solution. The vandalized pipeline is no longer in use and trucking of fuel from Apapa terminal through dense traffic is inefficient and costly.”

Also speaking at the event,  the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Fola Akinkuotu called on African governments to take a cue from Nigeria and implement strategic safety procedures by 2015. According to the NCAA boss, African nations should use Nigeria as a blueprint.

Akinkuotu also said that IOSA will be made a mandatory requirement for safety in the country.

He said; ”vital to the development and growth of the aviation industry in Africa is the issue of safety which remains African aviation’s biggest challenge.”