Sirika applauds as Murtala Muhammed Airport gets NCAA certification

Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has applauded the collaborative effort of aviation agencies which resulted in the issuance of an aerodrome certificate to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

While receiving the certificate from the Managing Director of FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma, the minister noted that the issuance of the certificate is a testimony to the strong commitment of the Federal Government of Nigeria to safety and security at airports across the nation.

The Director General of NCAA, Capt Usman Mukhtar presented the certificate to the Authority at a ceremony held on Monday, September 18, 2017, at the headquarters of NCAA.

The DG of the regulatory agency, while speaking at the ceremony noted that the event is historic, as, for the first time in the history of aviation in Nigeria, an aerodrome certificate of operational safety is issued to an airport, in line with the conventions of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Saying that the successful completion of the certification exercise was contingent on the team work involving seasoned officials from FAAN, NCAA, the certification team and other stakeholders, the DG advised FAAN to not only ensure total compliance with all operational standards, in other to ensure sustainability of the certification, but also gear up to certify other airports in Nigeria.

In his speech, NCAA’s Director of Aerodromes and Airspace Standards, Mr. Odunowo Mohammed Tayyib noted that there are five key phases leading to certification of any airport. They are; expression of interest by an intending applicant for an aerodrome certificate, assessment of the formal application including evaluation of Aerodrome Manual, assessment of the aerodrome facilities and equipment, issuance or refusal of an aerodrome certificate and publication of the certified status of an aerodrome and the required details in the Aviation Information Publication (AIP).

Odunowo noted with joy that the Murtala Muhammed Airport has scaled all the hurdles and consequently, the issuance/presentation of the certificate.

The event climaxed with the presentation of the certificate to the Managing Director of FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma by the Director General of NCAA, Captain Usman Mouktar.

The Managing Director of FAAN in his acceptance speech thanked the NCAA, MMA Management, airlines and the certification team for their cooperation, towards making the entire process a success.

Expressing delight at the achievement, Dunoma said lots of time and resources have been committed into the process and the experiences gathered will surely assist in speeding up the certification process of other airports in Nigeria.

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