U.S. team okays Lagos airport security procedures
The America Transportation Security Administration (ATSA) has expressed satisfaction at the level of compliance of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport(MMIA), Lagos, with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standard and recommended practices.
This disclosure was made by the four-man TSA team after it concluded the security procedures in the airport.ATSA officials were also impressed with the corrective action plans put in place by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria(FAAN) in respect of the few opened items.
The team commended the authority’s consistency and methodology on the implementation of ATSA 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; and airport security programme.
The US team, led by the Transportation Security Specialist, came into the country for the five-day exercise to observe the implementation of aviation security measures in place at MMIA and exchange technical expertise in line with ICAO Annex 17 and international aviation security standard and best practices.
The team thanked the NCAA Director-General, Captain Muhtar Usman for providing enabling environment towards successful accomplishment of the exercise and the observed effective regulatory oversight over the sector.
Usman also thanked the team for a job well done and expressed the authority’s readiness to always partner and co operate with the ATSA on issues of aviation security and safety.
The airport authority’s officials in attendance however gave explanations and the timeline for the closure of the few opened items that were identified by the team.
The final report of the inspection exercise is expected to be ready in 45 days time.