Nigeria to carry out airport audit to increase safety

24 March 2015 (Last Updated March 24th, 2015 18:30)

Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced that the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) will initiate an audit of all Nigerian airports to increase safety measures.

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Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced that the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) will initiate an audit of all Nigerian airports to increase safety measures.

Director general Muhtar Usman made the announcement after the discovery of a corpse which is believed to have died trying to stowaway on an Arik Air Lagos-New York bound flight.

Usman said that the ICAO had written to Nigeria to carry out a safety audit of airports by the second quarter of the year.

"ICAO will be conducting an aviation safety audit of Nigerian airports by June this year and I want to assure that we are prepared for it."

The Sun News quoted Usman as saying: "ICAO will be conducting an aviation safety audit of Nigerian airports by June this year and I want to assure that we are prepared for it.

"We have already put in place a regime of robust regulations for the audit, which is mandatory because we intend to improve on our safety records. We have started preparing our equipment and manpower to scale through. Even our regulations are being reviewed to bring them in line with modern trends. Nigeria is ready for the audit."

The aim of the audit is to ensure that the airports across Nigeria are operating in line with international practices.

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (USFAA) has already granted a Category One safety audit to the country last year.

However, Usman assured that the country's airports were safe and that such incidents happen across the world.


Image: Nigeria will audit its airports to ensure that their security measures meet international standards. Photo: courtesy of khunaspix/freedigitalphotos.net.