NCAA ISSUES NNAMDI AZIKIWE AIRPORT CERTIFICATE … KANO, PH AND ENUGU AIRPORTS CERTIFICATION UNDERWAY
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued Aerodrome Operator Certificate of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) to Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
Meanwhile, certification process of outstanding airports as Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu have commenced.
Capt. Muhtar Usman, Director General of NCAA presented the Aerodrome Certificate to the Managing Director of FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma at the Pilot Lounge of the NAIA recently.
Aerodrome Certification is a requirement of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 14. Also, in Part 12 of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. CARs). The project of certification evolved as a global strategy for fostering standard practices and uniformity in the provision and maintenance of aerodrome and air navigation infrastructure and other associated services. This is with the sole aim of enhancing safety and efficiency in the airports.
The DG NCAA, Capt. Usman described Abuja airport certification as a safety milestone. Its significance is better appreciated by the fact that less than 25 % of international airports in the Africa & Indian Ocean (AFI) are certified.
Therefore, these successive feats have made Nigeria become the first State in the entire AFI Region to have more than one (1 nos.) certified international airports.
He however commended the certification teams of both NCAA and FAAN for working tirelessly in actualizing the dream.
In a similar vein, he acknowledged the huge support and collaboration of the Aerodrome Certification Project Team of the West and Central African Regional Office of ICAO in Dakar, Senegal.
The DG also expressed deep appreciation to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammed Buhari. Also, to the Minister of state for aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika and the entire officials of the Ministry for their unwavering support.
Capt. Usman gave assurance that NCAA will not recede but continue to partner with FAAN so that other outstanding airports which processes have already begun are certified. He gave deadlines for Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu airports as 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2018. Processes leading to their certification will be painstakingly carried out in compliance with the Abuja Ministerial Declaration and Safety Targets of 2012, the DG added.
In conclusion, the DG assured all airports users, together with stakeholders, that adequate measures have been to put in place to ensure regular funding and safety oversight for the sustenance of the hard-earned certification.
Responding, Managing Director, FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma described certification of Abuja airport as one of the brightest moments in its annals, aside from its commissioning in 2002.
Engr. Dunoma expressed their sheer commitment not only to sustain the status but to also keep the tempo. This is in a bid to ensure timely certification of other outstanding airports.
The Managing Director thanked the DG NCAA, Capt. Usman and of course, the certification teams of NCAA and FAAN. He urged all airport users as well as other stakeholders to increase their legitimate operations in and around airports so that FAAN can serve them better.