Following an 11-day Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme conducted on Nigeria’s aviation industry, the International Civil Aviation Organisation has described the progress and development of the sector as satisfactory.
This was disclosed by the auditors during the presentation of the preliminary audit result and their assessment of the aviation industry at the closing meeting of the ICAO USOAP. The presentation was made by the leader of the four-man team of auditors, Mr. Jean-Claude Waffo.
According to a statement by the General Manager, Public Relations, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Sam Adurogboye, members of the team gave individual assessments of all the delineated areas; legislation, organisation, accident and incident investigation, air navigational services, aerodrome and ground aids.
Adurogboye said the auditors unanimously expressed satisfaction with the level of improvement in Nigeria’s aviation industry.
“The auditors were highly impressed with the stellar preparation for the audit by all concerned and claimed that this made the programme a huge success,” he said.
The final audit report is to be produced and sent to Canada for review and final assent. This will be done only when comments on the draft report have been received from Nigeria.
The statement quoted Waffo as saying, “Draft results will be produced 90 days after today’s presentation. Thereafter, Nigeria is expected to produce a corrective action plan, which will provide room for comments and observations within 45 days.”
The final report is only to be expected and produced after 30 days of receipt and acknowledgement of comments.
After the presentation, the auditors were said to have commended the Director-General, NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, as well as chief executives of other aviation parastatals and the Nigerian team that worked with them during the audit.
Earlier in his opening remarks, Usman had expressed appreciation for the dedication and high sense of responsibility with which the auditors carried out their assignment.
He assured them that all open items that were identified would be closed and adequately communicated in the CAP to be forwarded by the NCAA as required.
“Lessons learnt from this exercise will be used to enhance the development, safety and security of aviation not only in Nigeria, but the whole of Africa,” Usman was quoted as saying.
On his part, the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Mr. Saleh Dunoma, promised that all areas that required improvement would be attended to promptly.