ICAO AUDIT: FAAN SURE OF SUCCESS…Dati

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has scaled up efforts to ensure the country’s success in the forthcoming audit to be conducted by the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Such measures, according to FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mr Yakubu Dati, include the setting up of an internal task force under the chairmanship of the Managing Director/CEO himself, Engr Saleh Dunoma.

In a chat with Aviationline, Dati disclosed that the committee, in concert with Airports Council International, ACI, conducted a self-audit exercise in order to determine the level of preparedness of the agency. The spokesman revealed that a number of gaps identified by the ACI team in the area of facilities at our airports will be closed before the actual audit exercise later this month.

Nigeria’s flagship airport: Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos
Nigeria’s flagship airport: Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos

Dati noted that aviation is an international industry requiring that all airports across the globe were at par in terms of facilities that would guarantee seamless facilitation of passengers as well as smooth navigation from and into our airports especially in the face of new trends and developments in terrorism, criminality and global economy.

He was, however, optimistic that the country will scale through as everything possible was being done to ensure that the country will not let down our own Dr Bernard Aliu, a Nigerian, who is ICAO’s current Council President.

“The aviation sector is dynamic and standardisation is very important requiring all worlds’ airports to adhere to a uniform international code of standards

Full body scanner deployed to screening a passenger at MMA, Ikeja, Lagos; a standard practice world over
Full body scanner deployed to screening a passenger at MMA, Ikeja, Lagos; a standard practice world over

and accepted practices designed by ICAO, aviation’s global regulatory agency,” the FAAN’s image maker emphasised.

What this implies, he continued, is that what obtains in Heathrow Airport in Britain, for instance, in the areas of operations and security, must be in place here also.

According to him, air travel is open today to new threats in terrorism and communicable disease explosion against which new and internationally approved approaches have been developed over time and need to be adopted by all airports across the globe irrespective of the level of economic development of ICAO member nations.