The many controversies rocking the Nigerian aviation sector seem to be far from over as the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, on Tuesday, told the Senate Committee on Aviation headed by Senator Hope Uzodinma that the agency is yet to fully certify any of the nation’s 22 airports.
The agency noted that since it gained autonomy in 2006, it has been unable to certify the airports managed by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN.
It was revealed that all the airports have not met the necessary requirements, especially in the areas of security and safety in the last 20 years.
NCAA explained that the security aspect of its requirements includes check-in points, perimeter fencing, control of access to the airport’s sterile areas or airside; while the safety area includes runway light, airport emergency response system, fire stations and others.
Joyce Nkemakolam, the NCAA Director of Aerodrome, also disclosed that only about 25 airlines have been registered for operation in Nigeria.
The Senate Committee is probing the aviation sector following the ill-fated crash that involved an Associated Airlines’ aircraft, carrying the body of Olusegun Agagu, former Governor of Ondo State, and over 13 others.