The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Regional Director, West & Central Africa, Mr. Mam Sait Jallow has commissioned the Aviation Security Training Centre (ASTC) of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in Lagos, Nigeria.
Presenting the certificate of recognition while commissioning the centre on behalf of the President of ICAO Council, Dr. Bernard Aliu, Mr. Jallow said acts of unlawful interference pose a threat to the safety and security of civil aviation. “Therefore, ICAO assists and supports its Member States in the prevention of such acts and in the implementation of Annex 17-Security of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicargo Convention) in a uniform and coherent manner.”
He said the ICAO Regional Programme for Comprehensive Implementation of Security & Facilitation in Africa (SECFAL Plan) in 2015, provides among other things, in its first phase, the approval by all states of internal programmes in various areas, including a National Civil Aviation Security Training programme (NCASTP). He said ICAO during the assessment of FAAN’s ASTC validated the entity’s ability to provide competency- based training and to manage it in a manner that effectively supports the training of aviation professionals with the appropriate skills.
Jallow said the general criteria for establishing and maintaining recognition as an AVSEC Training Centre of ICAO, in accordance with the ICAO Training Policy includes the establishment of a sustainable source of funding to meet the financial needs of the training centre and ensure its ongoing operational effectiveness, maintain a list of qualified and/ or certified AVSEC Instructors; maintain and make available appropriate facilities and equipment; provide technical and administrative staff to support all training activities, and provide support to ICAO in the development, review and/ or translation of ICAO training material.
According to Jallow, the certificate of recognition issued by ICAO to the ASTC of Nigeria means “that it has been duly demonstrated that the centre meets the general and specific requirements in this respect and that it is able to continue to meet such requirements during the period of validity of the certificate of recognition. Maintaining the certificate therefore, requires all stakeholders to redouble their efforts through the implementation of a coherent and comprehensive monitoring programme.”
In his remark, the Director General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Usman Muthar said ICAO endorsed the school after a rigorous screening process and that a request had been made to the NCAA on June 8, 2017 for approval of the ASTC, after which ICAO evaluation was done in May 2018. He said the evaluation had been adjudged successful after 24 months, leading to granting of the request. Muthar said Nigeria had five ICAO certified Instructors for the centre.
FAAN’s Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Saleh Dunoma said the centre would contribute to the development and improvement of aviation training in the West & Central African region. He added that the centre would meet the training needs of the region and complement efforts of ICAO as regards training in the region.