The managing director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Engr. Saleh Dunoma has disclosed that its training school had moved a step ahead in becoming a centre of excellence in aviation security training in West and Central Africa.
Speaking during the commissioning of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO certified training centre in Lagos over the weekend, Dunoma stated that the school was used as their internal training facility before.
“Internal in the sense that there are some programmes we organise to train our staff not only in aviation security but other departments also, but now, the school has moved a step ahead in becoming a centre of excellence in aviation security training,” he said.
FAAN boss noted that there are some other efforts that will bring development to the industry, adding that in the last ACI meeting in Abuja, the airport came tops as the most improved airport in terms of safety.
Dunoma observed that there are so many things happening in the aviation industry, stressing that it will continue to put more efforts in that regards as so many facilities are coming up.
He explained that,” there are several trainings going all over the world and FAAN being one of the centres now, there would be several training that we will organise from here, is not only for FAAN staff, but also for the sub region, that is West and Central Africa”.
Dunoma emphasised that: “We have the capacity depending on the kind of course you are providing, you can see we have so many class rooms, is going to be professional courses, though we will have beginners courses on aviation security.
The advantage is that we will train our people in large numbers and at cheaper cost than other places where these courses are hitherto provided like Canada, Singapore. This courses will now be provided here and we can sponsor as many people as possible and also our neighbouring countries, that is people from West and Central Africa because is cheaper for them to come here and attend this training.”
In his speech at the event, the director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Capt. Muhtar Usman lauded the international Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for the endorsement of the school after a successful evaluation process which proved that the FAAN aviation training school was ready to contribute to the body’s global aviation security training programmes.
He noted that the request for the designation of the FAAN. Aviation Security (AVSEC) training school as an international Civil Aviation Organisation aviation security Centre (ASTC) was made on the 8th of June 2017, after which an evaluation by ICAO was conducted in May 2018 by the regional security officer for the western and central African office (WACAF) and under 24 months the request was granted.
While thanking ICAO for the privilege, Muhtar stated that the reason for the request for an ASTC, was purely for the provision of AVSEC training courses to carter for the English speaking states in West African sub region.
He stated further that: “In furtherance of our position on this request, I wish to inform ICAO that presently in Nigeria, there are five certified ICAO AVSEC instructors and over sixty qualified National AVSEC Instructors that can be of service at the ASTC.
“It is hoped that the designation of the FAAN school as an ICAO Aviation Security Training Centre (ASTC) will attract patronage from the airport communities of the West African sub region and its environs thereby contributing to the development and improvement of aviation security training in the region and elsewhere.”
In his speech at the event, ICAO regional director, Mam Sait Jallow stated that with the recognition of ASTC of Nigeria, the network of aviation security training centres now include 35 centres widely distributed in all ICAO regions, to provide aviation security training at the International ICAO regional and national levels, to all categories of personnel involved or responsible for the implementation of security measures, policies and procedures in accordance with its strategic objectives to improve the level of implementation of Annex 17 Standards .
He lauded the unwavering support of the federal government of Nigeria and the significant effort of director general of NCAA, managing director of FAAN and his general managers, management team and technical staff of the training centre which have resulted in the high achievements celebrated which is the recognition of the training centre as an ASTC.
“The ICAO regional office is happy with this accomplishment, which contributes to enhancing training capacity in Africa by promoting the implementation of the objectives of the Windhock Declaration on Aviation security and facilitation in Africa, which are aligned with the ICAO Global Aviation Security Plan (GAScP), Jallow explained.