ACI Boss, Dunoma Charges Airport Managers On Elimination Of Security, Safety Challenges
…Says Sub-Sahara Africa Airline Safety Performance Has Improved
The President, Airports Council International (ACI) Africa, Engr Saleh Dunoma has called on African Airport Managers to develop programmes and initiatives that would help curb or eliminate security and safety challenges at airports.
This is just as he said that security has become a vital challenge in airports operations worldwide.
Dunoma posited that based on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Airline Safety performance statistics release in 2017, Sub-Sahara Africa has continued to make strong progress.
In his words, “Sub-Saharan Africa has continued to make strong progress on safety. Airlines in the region had zero jet hull losses and zero fatal accidents involving jets or turboprops for a second consecutive year. Both the turboprop hull loss rate and the all accident rates declined against the average of the previous five years”.
Dunoma stated this while delivering his opening speech at the 27th ACI Africa Board and Regional Committee Meetings, Conference and Exhibition with the Theme, “Challenges of Safety and Security in African Airports taking place in Abidjan, Cote D’ Ivoire.
He maintained that safety and security in today’s aviation cannot be over emphasised, adding that “Safety and Security are paramount in today’s aviation industry and thus their importance cannot be over emphasised. ”
According to him, “ACI Africa working on behalf and for African Airports has focused on these important topics over the years to ensure that safety and security becomes our watch word in Africa.ACI is keeping up with the pace of new emeritus threats by developing proactive programmes and solutions to safety and security issues at African Airports.”
He stated that the regional body was dedicating funds to improve security via training and technology to assist member states.
“Each year, there is a dedicated annual budget geared towards improving safety and security by providing training and assistance to member airports. The strategy is aimed at empowering member airports by training security and safety experts who will in turn perform peer reviews at no cost to airport members,” he declared.
Speaking further, Dunoma further said that following the ACI African Airports Development Programmes, a lot of successes has been recorded.
He pointed out that another ACI initiative is the APEX in Safety and Security programmes, which according to him are airports peer review based on ICAO regulations and ACI best practices