Posted by Sade Williams
Airports Council International (ACI), Africa President, Engr. Saleh Dunoma, has called on African Airport authorities and managers to develop programs and put up initiatives that would halt security and safety challenges at airports.
Dunoma stated this while delivering the opening speech to participants at the 27th ACI Africa Board and Regional Committee Meetings, Conference and Exhibition with the theme “Challenges of Safety and Security in African Airports taking place in Abidjan, Cote D’ Ivoire.
The FAAN boss, who maintained that safety and security in today’s aviation cannot be overemphasized said, ‘Safety and Security are paramount in today’s aviation industry and thus their importance cannot be over emphasised’.
“ACI Africa working on behalf and for African Airports has focused on these important topics over the years to ensure that safety and security becomes our watch word in Africa. ACI is keeping up with the pace of new emeritus threats by developing proactive programmes and solutions to safety and security issues at African Airports”, he added.
He noted that the regional body was dedicating funds to improve security via training and technology to assist member states.
According to him, ‘each year, there is a dedicated annual budget geared towards improving safety and security by providing training and assistance to member airports. The strategy is aimed at empowering member airports by training security and safety experts who will I turn perform peer reviews at no cost to airport members.”
He also stated that, following the ACI African Airports Development Programmes, a lot of successes have been recorded.
“Another ACI Initiative is the APEX in Safety and Security programmes, which are airports peer review based on ICAO regulations and ACI best practices”.
On safety, Dunoma said that based on the IATA 2017 Airline Safety performance release, Sub-Sahara Africa has continued to make strong progress.
“Sub-Saharan Africa has continued to make strong progress on safety. Airlines in the region had zero jet hull losses and zero fatal accidents involving jets or turboprops for a second consecutive year. Both the turboprop hull loss rate and the all accident rates declined against the average of the previous five years”.