Nigeria’s premier gateway, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Mondaybecame the first airport in the country to be certified by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
The development makes the airport the first to be certified, out of the 22 airports managed by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.
The certificate was formally presented to the Managing Director of FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma, by the Director- General of the NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, at a ceremony at the NCAA’s headquarters in Lagos.
In his speech, Usman said the certificate was valid for a period of three years, noting that all hands must be on the deck to ensure that the certification was sustained.
He said the current drive toward certification of Nigerian airports was significant not only as a requirement by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and Nigerian civil aviation regulations but even more importantly as one of the critical safety targets of the Federal Government.
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.