By Patrick Aigbokhan
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has certified the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos with certificate number NCAA/ARD/AC/001 presented to Engr. Saleh Dunoma, Managing Director of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
The development is in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs).
The presentation was made at the NCAA Conference Room by Capt. Muhtar Usman, Director General, NCAA with some prominent agency icons present to witness the occasion.
While making the presentation, Capt. Usman said, ”Pursuant to the power conferred on the Authority in Section 30(3)(K) of the Civil Aviation Act 2006 and having fulfilled the requirement of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations Part 12 for the issuance of an Aerodrome Certificate, the Authority hereby grant Aerodrome Certificate to the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria.”
This Certificate entitles the holder to operate the Aerodrome located at Ikeja for the purpose of take-off and landing of aircraft engaged in flight for scheduled and non-scheduled commercial operations.
The Aerodrome has Latitude 06⁰34’43.139” N and Longitude: 033⁰ 19’ 21.098” E. The Airport is with Aerodrome ref. code: 4F and critical aircraft Boeing 747 – 400.
However, the Certificate has the following limitations – ARFFS: CAT 9, Day/Night Operations.IFR CAT of Operations: CAT 11.The Certificate is valid for three (3) years unless cancelled, suspended or revoked.
The DG added that, “with this certification, FAAN is the certified Aerodrome operator for the provision of required airport services, facilities, systems and equipment at Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos in line with International Standards And Recommended Practices.
The certification is an enabler for the attainment of a regional hub for Lagos and one of the critical safety targets of NCAA.
Usman further informed that the certification is a clear indication that the airport has met regulatory safety requirements on a continuous basis.
He said 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 NCAA boss advised the FAAN management to see the certification as a fresh challenge with which comes the capacity and striving to ensure sustenance of the certificate.
Capt. Usman refutes certain media reports that the recently concluded FAA Audit disparaged the country’s airports, noting that the framework of the Audit does not cover the airports.
“It covers the State’s Aviation Law, Regulations and oversight capability in accordance with the eight critical elements,” he added.
While noting that certification of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, is in its final stage, the DG hinted that the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Port Harcourt International Airport, Port Harcourt, Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu and Kaduna International Airport ,Kaduna will be certified by July 2018.
In his response to the development, Engr. Saleh Dunoma, after collecting the certificate, assured the DG that FAAN will sustain and improve on the present status.