By SLCAA Communications Unit…..
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Western and Central African (WACAF) Office has engaged Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority (SLCAA) on the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) scheduled for November 2021.
The objective of the zoom meeting was to share with WACAF a progress report on how far the Authority had gone in addressing the state safety deficiencies and identify areas of intervention by the ICAO Regional Office.
Representing WACAF, the Deputy Director, Nika Neheza Manzi reassured the SLCAA of their commitment to making sure that the Authority attains the minimum of level of 60% in Aviation Safety. He went further to introduce the focal persons responsible for all Audit areas from WACAF.
In his statement, the SLCAA Director-General Moses Tiffa Baio expressed his profound thanks and appreciation to the ICAO Western and Central African (WACAF) Office for their continued support to SLCAA.
He further assured them that the SLCAA would take advantage of the opportunity in making sure that the State of Sierra Leone attains an admirable level in Aviation Safety, which was the Authority’s primary focus at the moment.
“The SLCAA is in high spirit and we are on massive preparation for the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) scheduled for November 2021,” DG Baio revealed.
Presenting the SLCAA progress report to WACAF, the State’s Safety Manager, Arnold Bangura, who also doubles as the National Continuous Monitoring Coordinator (NCMA) stated that the Authority, through the House of Parliament, promulgated the CAA Act 2019, which falls under Critical Element One. He revealed that the Authority had also completed the review of Regulations on all Audit Areas.
“We have provided the necessary tools for our technical staff to do their aviation oversight functions. At the moment, we have an issue with Critical Element four (Personnel Qualifications and Training). We have been unable to send our technical personnel on training as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic,” he maintained.
The State’s Safety Manager further underscored that the Authority was looking forward to certifying the Freetown International Airport (FNA) before the Audit in November, adding further that the Authority would continue its oversight functions on all Aviation related activities within the State.
Giving the closing courtesy on behalf of the Director-General, the Deputy Director-General Technical, Maria Wurie-Conteh expressed thanks to the WACAF Team for such support and promised that the SLCAA will continue to work very hard in making sure that the Authority pass the scheduled ICAO USOAP Audit.