On Monday, 18th September, 2017, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, certified the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

The airport becomes the first to be certified out of the 22 airports that are being managed by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN.

The Managing Director of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, receives the certificate presented to him by the Director – General of the NCAA, Muhtar Usman, at a ceremony at the NCAA’s headquarters in Lagos.

The Director – General of the NCAA, Mr. Usman said the certificate was valid for a period of three years, he proclaimed that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the certification was sustained.

It was said by the NCAA boss that the current drive toward certification of Nigerian airports was significant as a requirement by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, Nigerian civil aviation regulations and as one of the critical safety targets of the Federal Government.

Saleh Dunoma said that the declaration which was made in July 2012 required all African countries to certify their international airports. In addition, he said that the certification would facilitate the attainment of a regional hub, which Nigeria desires for Lagos and Abuja.

He remarked that “Aerodrome certification can be defined as a process by which a state can demonstrate that airports in its territory meet regulatory safety requirements on a continuing basis”.

“It is providing uniform conditions for safe and efficient operation of aircraft from all other states as required by Article 15 of the Chicago Convention.”

The NIGAV 7th Annual Nigerian Aviation Awards and Ministerial Gala Dinner comes up on December15, 2017. You can nominate possible awardees and read more here:

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