2023 ICAO’s Audit: A Failure Foretold


Before the commencement of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) earlier in the month, experts had called on authorities in the aviation sector to close the identified gaps noticed in the sector. The gaps, a identified are shortage of technical staff such as Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) and Accident Investigators in key aviation agencies in the sector.

According to the experts, the agencies currently battling with shortage of technical staff are Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA); Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

Others encumbrances are recent contamination of aviation fuel that led to the grounding of Max Air and queried the regulatory oversight of NCAA on fuel marketers.

Also, recent vandalisation of cables at the Lagos airport and the theft of aviation runway lightning of the Lagos airport. Also in January 2022, suspected thieves allegedly…

Source: Leadership Newspaper