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Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has confirmed that Nigeria is slated to receive a comprehensive report on the outcome of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) security audit within the next 60 days.

This update was shared by Obiageli Orah, the FAAN spokesperson, in a statement released in Lagos.

The recent completion of the 2024 ICAO Universal Security Audit Programme (USAP) through a Continuous Monitoring Approach (CMA) for Lagos and Abuja airports has garnered significant attention in the aviation industry.

The completion of the ICAO security audit marks a significant milestone for Nigeria’s aviation sector, emphasizing the nation’s dedication to upholding international standards and continuously improving airport security measures.

As the aviation industry evolves, the insights gleaned from this audit will play a pivotal role in shaping future strategies and ensuring the safety and security of air travel within the region.

During the audit debrief following the conclusion of the exercise, the team lead of the ICAO auditors, Callum Vine, provided insights into the process.

It was revealed that Nigeria would have a 30-day window following the receipt of the report to offer comments and submit a compliance plan addressing any identified gaps in alignment with the organization’s standards.

The audit, which spanned a two-week period and focused on the airports in Lagos and Abuja, received positive feedback during the debriefing session.

Ms. Orah highlighted Mr. Vine’s commendation of Nigeria’s robust airport security policies and the efficiency demonstrated by personnel in addressing identified deficiencies promptly and effectively.

The primary objective of the USAP-CMA is to enhance global aviation security by continuously assessing and monitoring the security performance of member states through data collection and analysis.

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Olubunmi Kuku, the managing director of FAAN, expressed the organization’s commitment to leveraging the audit results as a strategic roadmap for ongoing enhancements in the services provided to airport users and stakeholders.

Key stakeholders, including Emmanuel Meribole, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace, and Chris Najomo, the acting director general of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), were present during the debriefing session, underscoring the importance of the audit outcomes at a governmental level.

 


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