ICAO Auditor On Assessment Mission In Liberia
A representative of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has arrived in Liberia to observe the measures Liberia has taken to maintain its high level of airport security in the wake of the recent departure of UNMIL.
The representative, Ademola Oladele, came from the ICAO Regional Office in Dakar, Senegal and met with the Director General of the LCAA, Mr. J. Emmanuel Nuquay, former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Vice Presidential candidate in the last elections, who has been appointed by President George Manneh Weah.
The visit runs from March 19-23 and is to ensure that measures and procedures are put into place in accordance with ICAO standards.
The visit is in preparation for an ICAO audit for Liberia in 2018 as there are international measures and procedures for all 195 member countries including Liberia.
Mr. Oladele carried out an aircraft inspection at the Robert International Airport (RIA) by looking at procedures on baggage reconciliation and access control of persons and passengers.
Aviation Security (AVSEC) personnel that accompanied the ICAO representative, led by Nuah Padmore, Spencer Watkins and John F. Livingstone, were seen taking notes as they conducted an assessment tour of the RIA during the check-in time of Arik Air and Air Cote d’Ivoire.
One employee at the LCAA revealed, “When I first heard that Nuquay was appointed by the President to be the new Director General of the LCAA, I was surprised considering he was not from the field of aviation, but I can now say that the new DG is a dynamic force with leadership abilities that is proving to be very capable of leading the organization forward.”
The employee added: “In the brief time he has been here, we can already feel his impact.”
ICAO is a UN specialized agency, established by states in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention).
ICAO works with the Convention’s Member States and industry groups to reach consensus on international civil aviation Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and policies in support of a safe, efficient, secure, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible civil aviation sector. These SARPs and policies are used by ICAO Member States to ensure that their local civil aviation operations and regulations conform to global norms, which in turn permits more than 100,000 daily flights in aviation’s global network to operate safely and reliably in every region of the world.
In addition to its core work resolving consensus-driven international SARPs and policies among its Member States and industry, and among many other priorities and programmes, ICAO also coordinates assistance and capacity building for States in support of numerous aviation development objectives; produces global plans to coordinate multilateral strategic progress for safety and air navigation; monitors and reports on numerous air transport sector performance metrics; and audits States’ civil aviation oversight capabilities in the areas of safety and security.
The LCAA was formed in 2005 after a legislative act of the government of Liberia.
The mandate of the LCAA is to provide for the regulation and promotion of civil aviation in Liberia, to foster its safe and orderly development, and for other purposes incidental thereof.
A dramatic gap can be recorded judging by an evolution from the Bureau of Civil Aviation to the Liberia CAA, which has become a household word. This is all not about fame based on the pursuit of stardom. With the appointment of a new Director General, professionalism and the upholding ethical standards became the focus on the drawing board.
It took only and enduring, dedicated assertive small team tucked into an aura, which saw more than 50 hours work sheet eagerly invested to begin to get the results trickling. While there is no reason for complacency regarding achievement, so much transformation has taken place and the system is working.
A backlog of unsettled arrears to International Aviation fraternities that curtailed Liberia’s voting rights is being restituted. LCAA exists with virtually no assistance from the government except the political will to see us achieve the level of standards required by International Governing body, ICAO.
LCAA’s relentless efforts in living by example about how an effective system must work, has today brought to bear an efficiently policed sector. Travel agencies have come to align with LCAA regulations let alone the airlines.
LCAA sets the standards and they follow. Those once grimaced faces have all fizzled out. Liberia is back and is emerging on the trajectory of the dawn of a new day. LCAA is off the EU’s blacklist, in the good books of the ICAO, treading in alliance along the path of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) and remain a vibrant member of the Banjul Accord Group (BAG). It is an intervening unrelenting vigor propelled the return.
It is acutely aware of the huge challenges and training remains a priority and LCAA is doing everything humanly possible to prioritize the training of its personnel to meeting increasing demands.