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ICAO experts arrive in Nigeria for comprehensive security audits at key airports

UN Aviation Agency's Assessment Aims to Bolster Global Security Standards in Nigerian Aviation Sector

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A team of experts from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has commenced security audits at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, marking a pivotal step in enhancing security measures within Nigeria’s aviation infrastructure.

Referred to as the 2024 ICAO Universal Security Audit Programme through a Continuous Monitoring Approach, the audit encompasses critical areas of aviation security, spanning inflight security, passenger and baggage security, acts of unlawful interference, legislation, training, operations, and cargo handling, among others.

This revelation emerged from a statement released by Michael Achimugu, Director of Public Affairs & Consumer Protection, affirming the commencement of the nearly two-week-long USAP CMA audit, scheduled to conclude on March 22, 2024.

The audit team comprises Callum Vine, James Mabala, Tebogo Mphela, and Alagie Jeng, poised to conduct meticulous assessments aimed at fortifying Nigeria’s aviation security framework.

Festus Keyamo, Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, underscored the significance of the audit in upholding the highest standards of security across Nigeria’s aviation sector. Keyamo emphasized that the audit represents a collaborative effort to safeguard against evolving threats and vulnerabilities, ensuring robust defense mechanisms within the industry.

Chris Najomo, Acting Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, extended a warm welcome to the ICAO auditors, elucidating the objectives of the USAP CMA. He outlined the audit’s mission to enhance global aviation security by evaluating member states’ compliance with critical elements of AVSEC oversight systems, as prescribed by ICAO’s Annex 9 and 17.

Najomo expressed confidence in Nigeria’s enhanced security measures since the last audit, affirming the nation’s commitment to surpassing previous ratings. He pledged unwavering support and cooperation to facilitate a seamless audit process, reflecting Nigeria’s steadfast dedication to ensuring secure, safe, and efficient air transportation services.

As the audit progresses, Nigeria remains steadfast in its pursuit of bolstering aviation security standards, fostering collaborative partnerships, and reinforcing its commitment to safeguarding the integrity of its airspace.

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