Three Nigerian airlines: Arik Air, Aero Contractors and FirstNation Airways, have successfully obtained International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit Certification.
Those on the verge of attaining IOSA certification, according to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), include Allied Air and Cargo services, Overland Airways and Dana Air.
While Air Peace has done its last workshop, the airline is about to be audited.
The IATA Operational Safety Assessment (IOSA) certificate is issued to airline after a successful assessment and demonstration of compliance to Safety Regulations as specified by the body.
This disclosure was made when IATA team led by the newly appointed Regional Director for Africa, Tanja Grobotek paid familiarisation visit to the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Capt. Muhtar Usman at the Aviation House recently.
In another development, Brobotek vehemently condemned Consumer Protection Council’s (CPC) incursion into aviation regulatory responsibilities of the NCAA with reference to the recent issue of passengers’ complaint with Turkish Airlines.
She disclosed that IATA is taking up the matter with the Hon Minister of State for Aviation for proper delineation of Agency roles to avoid a breach of Aviation Protocols in Nigeria saying, ”a situation whereby our member Airlines that are by International Conventions answerable to NCAA are now being questioned by another Body in Nigeria is confusing and need to be addressed”.
While commending NCAA for a long-standing collaboration with IATA on operational safety, she expressed optimism in seeing more airlines obtain IOSA certification which will be a boost to the industry.
Speaking further, she hinted that there are roundtable conferences on the impacts of environment on Aviation under the leadership of ICAO in which Nairobi and Nigeria have been tipped in Africa to host. This is slated for 10th March, 2016.
Other issues discussed include proposed meeting with upcoming operators in order to raise their safety level and also on the need for transition from Aeronautical Information System[AIS] to Aeronautical Information Management (AIM)
IATA Area Manager (South West Africa), Samson Fatokun who accompanied the visiting Regional Director also stated that there are training programmes lined up for NCAA by IATA this year which he hopes will be approved by the Authority.
The DG, Capt. Muhtar Usman, in his response, thanked the IATA team for their visit.
He expressed willingness to partner with IATA on issues of Safety, Security and Training.
The DG said that the regulatory Authority has already transited from AIS to AIM and that staff of the Authority had undergone training on implementation.
According to the DG, ‘’Safety is not by accident but a product of sufficient planning’’. Hence, NCAA is ever committed to work with IATA on training which is key to safety and security. These trainings will be domesticated where necessary for cost effectiveness.
The IATA team included its Aviation Solutions Manager (South West Africa) Ewemade Atake.
With the DG were some top management Three of the Authority which included the Director of Air Transport Regulations, Mr Ogidi Justus – Wariya, Director of Consumer Protection, Alhaji Adamu Abdullahi, Director of Finance and Accounts, Alhaji Nuhu-Ozigi , Technical Assistant to the DG, Engr. Ben Tukur, GM Public Relations ,Mr Sam Adurogboye and others.