AFCAC, Singapore academy train Nigerian safety inspectors
This Aerodrome course, according to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), offered in Singapore was taken to diaspora for the very first time and held at the NCAA Conference facility in Lagos.
In cognisance of importance of the course to global aviation safety, the authority said 40 participants from 15 African countries were in attendance for this maiden edition.
It added that Nigeria provided the highest number of participants, who included 13 from NCAA and three from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
In addition, 14 other countries were in attendance. They are Burkina- Faso, Cameroon, Niger Republic, Congo, Mali, Ivory Coast, Togo, Senegal, Chad, Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, Gambia and Sierra Leone.
However, the five-day course was organised by the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) in collaboration with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).
The focus of the training includes overview of the states’ safety oversight obligations, critical elements of safety system, safety management system, airport emergency planning, operational services and maintenance Practices, physical characteristics(runways, taxiways, clearways, stop ways and holding bays).
Others are visual aids for navigation, indicators and signaling devices, markings, lights, signs and markers, Aerodrome operational service, equipment and installations, rescue and fire-fighting, training programme (review, records and documentation), training of apron drivers, runway incursion prevention, wildlife and foreign object damage management inter alia.
During the closing ceremony, the Director General, NCAA, Muhtar Usman, informed the Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) that the essence of the course was to enhance their Safety oversight management capacity of aerodromes through a comprehensive system approach.
He added that this opportunity given to the African Continent by delivering the course in Nigeria would enhance better understanding of roles and responsibilities of aerodrome inspectors. It is expected that their knowledge of aerodrome certification and surveillance will impact on safety and security of airline operations in Africa, Usman noted.
In the areas of training and partnership, he said that NCAA has been a progressive partner with CAAS and AFCAC in different areas, specifically on Human Capital Development, adding that the Inspectors of the Authority have participated in several courses organized by these bodies; the most recent was the Dangerous Goods training in Niger Republic, he stated.
Usman therefore commended the management of CAAS and AFCAC for granting NCAA the honour and privilege of hosting the course.Also he expressed optimism that the partnership will continue for the mutual benefit of all parties, even as he thanked the facilitators led by Peter Ray (Lead Instructor), Bernard Yap (Assistant Instructor, CAAS) and Johnnie Lim (Coordinator, CAAS) for success of the training and their expertise in the course delivery.
Other members of the team included Papa Fall (Director of Safety, AFAC) and Racky So Mbacky (Public Relations Officer, AFCAC).He also appreciated the Interpreters for a wonderful job in ensuring that language did not constitute any barrier to acquisition of knowledge.