United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has expressed satisfaction as it concluded its Security Assessment of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) applauding the level of the airport’s compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Standard and Recommended Practices
This is just as the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engr. Saleh Dunoma confirmed that the airports authority is set for the forthcoming International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Certification Audit.
Last week a four-man TSA team arrived to carry out security audit at the MMIA and during the debriefing after the audit held at the Conference Hall of the Aviation House on Friday, 4th March, 2016, the team disclosed that the MMIA procedures is in line with ICAO standards.
The team said it was highly impressed with the Corrective Action Plans put in place by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in respect of the few opened items.
They praised the Authority’s consistency and methodology on the implementation of TSA applicable security procedures which was of ICAO standards and noted that this accomplishment is a reflection of sufficient training provided for the staff and coupled with effective regulatory oversight of the industry by NCAA
Other areas of the airport examined in the course of the assessment include Airports Operations and Standards, Quality Control, Access Control Point, Passengers and Baggage Screening, Screening Equipment, Airport Contingency Plan (ACP) and Airport Security Programme (ASP).
The TSA team thanked the NCAA Director General, Capt Muhtar Usman for providing enabling environment towards successful accomplishment of the exercise and the observed effective regulatory oversight over the sector.
Capt.Usman thanked the team for a job well done and expressed the Authority’s readiness to always partner and co-operate with the TSA on issues of Aviation Security and Safety.
The Airport Authority officials in attendance however gave explanations and the time line for the closure of the few opened items that were identified by the team.
Meanwhile, the final report will be ready in 45 days’ time.
In a related development, the FAAN managing director, Engr. Saleh Dunoma who was on ground during an inspection tour of facilities at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in preparation for the exercise inspected the newly acquired security patrol vehicles and also the Fire Service vans to ensure that they meet required standards.
He also inspected the new fully equipped Ambulance, Resuscitation Bay and observation Towers which has been given a face lift.
He commended the effort staff have put in place so far in ensuring that all facilities are set, and conform to best practices in line with ICAO standards.