Nigeria Improves Safety, Joins World Leaders in Aviation

Sirika, Aviation Minister

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said Nigeria had attained another high level safety rating which placed it among the world leaders in aviation safety.

The General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, disclosed this in a statement released on Monday.

According to the statement, Nigeria climbed to Level three State Safety Programme (SSP) Implementation Process, joining countries like the United States, United Kingdom and others in the top position.

“This categorisation is dependent on the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), which tracks the SSP implementation process of member-states via its Integrated Safety Trend Analysis and Reporting System (iSTARS),” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted the NCAA spokesman as saying in the statement.

“Member states in tandem, therefore, deploy this platform to undertake Gap Analysis, define their action plans and benchmark their progress.

“Only two member states-Australia and Sri Lanka- have achieved full implementation of the SSP according to ICAO records.

“Nigeria is striving to achieve Level Four, which is 100 per cent by the end 0f 2017.”

The statement added that the SSP process is inaugurated in member countries in compliance with the ICAO requirements as contained in Annex 19 on Safety Management.