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Committee Recommends Launch Of National Aviation Security Programme

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The Ministerial Committee on Aviation Security has recommended the establishment of a National Civil Aviation Security Board to coordinate all security rules and regulations of the aviation industry in Nigeria.

The Chairman of the Committee, Air Commodore Hambali Tukur, made the observation on Friday. He said the recommendation was to meet up with the International Civil Aviation Organisation standard.

This was part of recommendations made by the committee in its report on the assessment of security at the Nigerian airports, which was submitted to the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.

Senator Sirika also received a report on the review and amendment of the Civil Aviation Acts 2016 from the Chairman of the Aviation Act Review Committee, Ibrahim Idris.

He vowed that the report would be speedily considered and that the recommendations would be implemented as soon as possible towards a rapid reform of the aviation sector.

The minister expressed concern over the obsolete state of aviation acts which were hastily reviewed for the first time in 2006, after the initial enactment in 1964.

In his response, Mr Idris expressed optimism that their findings and recommendations were exhaustive, saying they would cause visible changes in the aviation industry if well implemented.

The committees were constituted in February for the review and amendment of the Civil Aviation Acts 2016 and the assessment of security at Nigerian airports.

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