NCAA Gets AU’s Recognition for Fight against COVID-19

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By Chinedu Eze

The African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) has singled out the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for recognition in the industry’s fight against the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

This was disclosed by a statement issued by the Ministry of Aviation and signed by the Director, Public Affairs, James Odaudu.

The statement disclosed that a letter sent to the Director General by the regional aviation regulatory body stated that NCAA is the only state civil aviation regulator recognised for its significant contribution to the African Union Commission High Level Task Force on COVID-19.

AFCAC Secretary General, Tefera Mekonen on behalf of the African Union Commission recognised and thanked the Director General of the NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu and the Authority’s General Manager Aeromedical Services for their significant contribution to the work of the AUC Task Force.

In addition, the NCAA Director General served as the Chair of the ECOWAS Experts Committee on Transport, Trade and Logistics that developed a report that was submitted to the Ministerial Committee Chaired by the Nigerian Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.

The High Level Task Force was set up in recognition of the need to have a strategic and coordinated response to the COVID-19 impacts on African aviation sector, under the leadership of the African Union and coordinated by AFCAC.

It brought together all African aviation stakeholders including ICAO, AFRAA, Airports Council International-Africa, IATA-Africa, CANSO-Africa, Africa Centre for Disease Control, RECs, UNECA and AFI group.

In order to address the different evolving phases of the pandemic to the African aviation sector, the HLTF addresses the short, medium and long-term restart and recovery of the aviation sector.