By Oyise Oghene
The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority has commended the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority for the professional way it attained the American Federal Aviation Administration Category One Status.
The team, which was led by the Manager Operations, UCAA, Mr. Bulindi kuojo said that contrary to speculation spread by foreign media that Nigerian attained the status by unprofessional means, it was clear to them that the country got the status on merit.
A statement signed by the Media Assistant to the Director_General, NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye stated that the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority were in Aviation House, the Lagos operational headquarters of NCAA for three days recently for what is officially tagged as, ‘Benchmarking Study in Air Transport Operations.’
Other members of the team according to Adurogboye are Manager Safety Management Systems, Mr. Fredrick Williams Lutalo, and Manager Quality Assurance, Lady Hope K.Kamusiime.
The team said, “What we have seen in the last three days is testimony that Nigeria FAA Category One is not a fluke. You worked for it and earned it. The facts are on ground for all to see. Your organisation has made us all in Africa proud.”
He said the team was received on arrival on behalf of the Director_General, Dr Harold Demuren who was out of the country at the time by the Director in charge of the Directorate of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards [DAAS]. Alhaji Lawal Haruna.
He said that Uganda was equally preparing for the FAA International Aviation Safety Assessment Category One certification, adding that the visit gave them the opportunity to interact with the officials of DAAS, the NCAA Flight Safety Group made up of DOL, DOT, DAWS, Aero medical and Legal Dept with its chairman, the Director Airworthiness Standards, Engr. Patrick Ekunwe presiding.
Among the materials presented before the visitors included Civil Aviation Act of 2006, Nigerian CARs Part 12, Aerodrome Standards Manual, Advisory Circular, Technical Guidance Materials, and finally, a visitation to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport [MMIA].
The statement reads in part, “The team who glowing acknowledged NCAA successful outing in the International Civil Aviation Organisation audit earlier before facing the FAA hurdle too successfully said they have learnt a lot and pleaded to NCAA to be prepared to receive more of their officials who will need to visit for more assistance in Uganda quest to attain the FAA Category 1 in the nearest future.”
Meanwhile, the DG NCAA, Demuren has confirmed that his counterpart in the Mauritania Civil Aviation Authority has equally in a letter requesting for a similar study visit to Aviation House in Lagos at a yet to be determined date.
This he said is a testimony to the worldly applause to Nigeria Aviation Safety record and level of development.