U.S. agency satisfied with Nigeria’s aviation security measures
By Obas Esiedesa, Senior Reporter, Abuja
The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has expressed satisfaction at the security level of Nigeria’s civil aviation sector.
Following the completion of an assessment tour of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja the TSA team led byu Ray Montgomery told Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Fidelia Njeze at the weekend that they were pleased with the security procedures in place.
The team which arrived Lagos earlier in the month also conducted the assessment of United Airlines, Delta Airline and Arik Air in compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) security standards.
Montgomery said the team was also impressed by the level of work achieved on the perimeter fence and procedures at passenger screening and identification systems.
According to Montgomery, there has been remarkable improvement in the last two years and commended the minister for the renewed focus and noted that over the years the TSA had maintained a strong relationship with the Ministry of Aviation and sees it getting stronger in the future.
He emphasized that both countries must strengthen the relationship by identifying human capacity building, information sharing, assessment and compliance and fostering reforms as areas that both sides will continue to work on.
Njeze while commending the team for the visit welcomed the results of the assessment as a testimony of the federal government’s commitment to safety and security at the nation’s airports.
According to her, “it is this same level of commitment that earned the country Category 1 certification and as such government is mindful of the importance of sustaining this highly sought after recognition”.
She further solicited the continued support of the TSA, especially in the area of training and capacity building in order to meet the challenges that come with the dynamic terrain of the civil aviation industry.
The minister assured the team of the government’s desire to meet ICAO standards in all departments of the sector, stating that this has been exemplified by recent and unprecedented government attention led by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The TSA was created by the United States Government after the 9/11 incident and is charged with the responsibility of ensuring the security of the U.S. Transport network by working closely with stakeholders in aviation, rail, transit, highway, and pipeline sectors, as well as partners in the law enforcement and intelligence community.
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