The President, Airports Council International (ACI) Africa, Engr. Saleh Dunoma has called on African Airport Managers to develop programmes and initiatives that would help curb or eliminate security and safety challenges at airports. This is just as he said that security has become a vital challenge in airports operations worldwide.
Dunoma stated this while delivering his opening speech 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.
Dunoma posited that based on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Airline Safety performance statistics release in 2017, Sub-Sahara Africa has continued to make strong progress. In his words, “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”.
He maintained that safety and security in today’s aviation cannot be over emphasized, adding that “Safety and Security are paramount in today’s aviation industry and thus their importance cannot be over emphasized. ”
According to him, “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 stated that the regional body was dedicating funds to improve security via training and technology to assist member states. “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 in turn perform peer reviews at no cost to airport members,” he declared.
Speaking further, Dunoma further said that following the ACI African Airports Development Programmes, a lot of successes has been recorded. He pointed out that another ACI initiative is the APEX in Safety and Security programmes, which according to him are airports peer review based on ICAO regulations and ACI best practices.
Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja has been chosen as “the best improved airport in safety” by Airports Council International, Africa region.
According to Mrs. Yakubu Henrietta, General Manager, Corporate Affairs in her statement said that the airport emerged the winner of the category, following an extensive evaluation process that considered entries from several other airports in Africa.
In a letter dated 13th September, 2018, addressed to Captain Rabiu Yadudu, Director of Airport Operations of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria by Mr. Ali Tounsi, Secretary General of ACI Africa, the body noted that despite fierce competition, NAIA’s infrastructure and processes were rated to be the best in Africa for its category.
It will be recalled that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, was recently audited and certified by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, having been given a clean bill of health by the regulatory Authority.
The award was officially presented to the airport at the just concluded ACI Africa Conference and Annual General Assembly held in Abidjan, Cote d’ivoire.
L-R, Gilles Darriau, Cote D’ Ivoire, Ali Tounsi, Secretary ACI Africa, Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World, Pape Mael Diop, ADS, Senegal, Papadiery Sene, ACI Africa Treasurer, Engr.Saleh Dunoma, President, ACI Africa, Hassan Orozi Ahmat, Representative of Director General, ASEGNA and Mme Nadia, Morocco during the Executive Committee members meeting at the on going 27th Annual General Assembly and Regional Conference and Exhibition with the Theme “Challenges of Safety & Security in African Airport, Issues & Perspective taking place in Abidjan, Cote D’ Ivoire