The Director General of NCAA saying as we recovery from COVID-19 moves into full gear, although this is under threat form the 3rd wave of COVID-19 with Delta variant, the Authority while keeping an watch on the pandemic is shifting gears in res positioning towards the effectiveness and efficiency of its statutory function of its safety oversight.
Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Director General and Chief Executive Officer (DG/CEO) Captain Musa Shuaibu Nuhu in his keynote address during 25th edition of Leagues of Airport and Aviation correspondents (LAACs) conference held today July 29, 2021 at Ikeja in Lagos.
Some the plans of actions taken include amongst several others:
- Restricting of the Authority from 8 to 6 directorates for a more responsive and flexible functionality
- The automation of internal process through the implementation change management and acquisition of appropriate ICT systems. This ongoing
- The review and repositioning of the Authority’s Regional Offices as tool to ensure oversight coverage of the entire nation and bringing the Authority closer to all stakeholders. ICT is critical in ensuring the standardization and quality of service across all Regional office
- Domestication of all inspector mandatory core courses. Almost 500 staff will complete these courses in less than 18 months at a fraction of the cost that would otherwise take several years to implement as foreign training
- ISO 9001 Certification of NCAA
- Movement into NCAA Corporate Headquarters in 3rd quarter of 2021
- Stakeholders consultation to review the current Nig.CARS to align with the new Civil Aviation ACT taking into consideration new normal to promote the orderly growth of the industry especially General Aviation which the key to a successful industry.
- Development of a medium- and long-term strategic plans in consultation with all relevant stakeholders.
- NCAA in collaboration with other aviation agencies is in full gear for preparations for the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme in 2022.
The DG noted that Authority like any organization has its own challenges and difficulties which attracting and retaining adequate number of technical personnel which is critical for effective oversight of the industry. Sadly, this is a finding in last ICAO USOAP-CMA. This problem is global and not peculiar to Nigeria as CAA’s salaries and wages are not competitive with that of the industry a rival for the services of these technical personnel, he added.
Captains Umaru pointed out that especially LAAC on developmental journalism that would positively influence organizational and industry policies while sensational reports that puts the nation in bad light.
He said NCAA will continue to partner all stakeholders especially the media for the attainment of industry potentials for the benefit of our people and country. We therefore enjoin all stakeholders to join hands in collaboration and cooperation to grow the industry, he concluded.