Nigerian State's Safety Programme Safety Policy Statement
The management of civil aviation safety in Nigeria is one of the major responsibilities of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) as mandated by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act, 2006. The NCAA is committed to developing, implementing, maintaining and constantly improving effective strategies, regulatory frameworks and processes to ensure that aviation activities under its oversight achieve the highest practicable level of safety performance, while meeting both National and International Standards.
Holders of aviation safety certificates issued by the NCAA (as applicable) shall be required to demonstrate that their management systems adequately reflect a Safety Management Systems (SMS) approach, for which the expected result is improved safety management and safety practices, including safety reporting within the civil aviation industry.
In Nigeria, all levels of management shall be accountable for the delivery of the highest level of safety performance, starting with the Accountable Executive.
This policy shall be communicated with visible endorsement throughout civil aviation organisations in Nigeria.
Nigeria’s Commitment is to:
a) Develop national standards, general rulemaking and specific operational policies on safety management principles in line with Standards, Recommended Practices, Procedures of International Civil Aviation Organization and also on a comprehensive analysis of Nigeria aviation systems;
b) Adopt a data-driven and performance-based approach to safety regulation and industry oversight responsibilities where appropriate;
c) Conduct performance-based and compliance-oriented oversight activities within the aviation industry, supported by analysis and identification of safety trends, adopting a risk-based approach in the prioritization of resource allocation to address areas of critical safety concern or need;
d) Monitor and measure the realistic implementation of the safety performance of Nigerian aviation system through the State's aggregate safety indicators as well as Service Providers' safety performance indicators;
e) Collaborate, consult and interact effectively with Service Providers in the resolution of safety concerns and continuous enhancement of aviation safety;
f) Promote good safety practices and positive organizational culture within the industry, based on sound safety management principles;
g) Establish the provisions for the protection, collection, processing, analysis and exchange of safety information amongst all relevant industry organizations and Service Providers, with the intent that such information is to be used for safety management purposes only;
h) Allocate sufficient financial and human resources for safety management and oversight;
i) Equip staff with proper skills and expertise to discharge their safety oversight and management responsibilities competently; and
j) Develop and implement enforcement policy, which will ensure that information derived from the SSP Safety Data, Information Analysis and Exchange System or Service Providers’ SMS will not be used as a basis for enforcement action, except in the case of gross negligence and willful deviation.
This policy must be understood, implemented and observed by all staff involved in activities related to the Nigeria’s SSP.
Capt. Muhtar Usman
Director General/Accountable Executive