Nigeria would’ve scored 30 percent rating on ICAO audit -NCAA

By Chinelo Obogo

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has claimed that the country would have scored a 30 percent rating in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Universal Security Audit Programme-Continuous Monitoring Approach (USAP-CMA) but for the effort of the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo.

In a statement by the Authority’s Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Micheal Achimugu, the NCAA claimed that the 71.04% rating which Nigeria scored was due to Keyamo’s effort and that of the acting Director General of the Authority, Capt. Chris Najomo.

Achimugu said both men were able to mobilise manpower and resources to ensure all gaps were closed and but for that, Nigeria would have scored 30 percent in the final outcome.

“Six months ago, we met a dilapidated industry with poor infrastructure. The security and safety issues did not start in the last six months. Had it not been for the efforts of the Minister and the DGCA, what we met on the ground would not have scored 30% in the audit.

“Going by what was on the ground when Keyamo and Najomo assumed office, the current score is a substantially good showing.The ICAO auditors praised our performance during their final briefing at the NCAA. They even mentioned a scenario where they complained about an absent infrastructure but, to their surprise, it had been made available the very next day. They said that only Nigeria moves at such a pace in the face of criticism, Achimugu said.

 

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