The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja is going to be issued its safety and security certificate by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), 15 years after its opening.
Sources say that Nigeria’s aviation regulatory authority has given the said airports passing marks in security, safety and equipment, which paved the way for the upcoming certification, that began back in 2014.
The regulatory agency was satisfied with several manuals forwarded to its inspectors by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), which allowed the airports to scale all the stages of the certification. There are five stages involved in airport certification; the fifth stage is the presentation of certificate to the management of FAAN, which is scheduled for this week.
The successful certification means that Abuja is now the second airport in the nation to be certified by the NCAA. The Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) in Lagos was the first to be certified on September 18.
The certification is a crucial development as it required by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Nigerian Civil Aviation regulations. It is also one of the significant safety targets established by the Abuja Ministerial Declaration of July 2012 that required all African states certify their international airports.
Henrietta Yakubu, the General Manager, Corporate Communications of the FAAN confirmed that the airport would be certified this week. She added that FAAN had given all the required manuals to NCAA, emphasizing that the airport managers were waiting for confirmation of the presentation, which would this week.
“We are awaiting confirmation on the certification of Abuja Airport from NCAA. But, we think it should either be Wednesday or Friday this week. We are waiting,” Yakubu said.
“It is also interesting to note that certification is an enabler for the attainment of a regional hub, which Nigeria desires for Lagos and Abuja,” said NCAA Director General, Captain Muhtar Usman.
“Aerodrome certification is therefore an ICAO strategy for the standardization and harmonization of airport services, facilities and procedures, as well as ensuring uniformity in safety critical aerodrome elements, irrespective of differences in ownership and management of such aerodromes.”