Nigeria has scored 70 percent in the just concluded International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Universal Safety Audit Program Continuous Monitoring Approach (USOAP)- CMA. This is said to be three percent higher than the last audit which occurred in 2016 where the nation scored 67.1 percent.
The audit which took place between August 30 and September 11, 2023, focused on a State’s ( in this case the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority) capability to provide safety oversight by assessing whether the State has implemented the critical elements (CEs) of a safety oversight system effectively and consistently.
According to ICAO, this enables the State to ensure the implementation of ICAO’s safety-related Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and associated procedures and guidance material and also provides ICAO with a means to monitor continuously the States’ fulfilment of their safety oversight obligations.
Breakdowns of some of the audit reports in Effective Implementation ( EI) show the Civil Aviation Authority scored 90 percent in Legislation, a reduction from the 95 percent it scored in the last audit while it scored 83 percent in Organisation compared to its 100 percent score last time around.
For personnel licencing, the Civil Aviation Authority scored 84 percent while it scored 62 percent in operations compared to its last score of 57 percent.