Civil Aviation Safety. Disclosure of Audit Results

The results of the audit conducted by experts of the International Civil Aviation Organization in April 2018 was made public on August 6, 2018 in Yaoundé.

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A security audit mission conducted by the experts of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Cameroon from April 18 to 27, reveals that the country has reached 70.96% of compliance with the standards of the ICAO for aviation security and 68.85% for the effective implementation of an aviation security oversight system by the Cameroon Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) against 51.15% in 2015. The Minister of Transport (MinT), Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe who doubles as the Statutory President of the National Safety Committee, presented the results of civil aviation safety report on Monday August 6 in Yaounde while chairing the work of the first regular meeting 2018 of the National Committee Civil Aviation Security (CNS).

To accompany Minister Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe in this first regular meeting of the National Committee Civil Aviation Security (CNS) were the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Transport, Mefiro Oumarou and the Director General of the Cameroon Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA), Paule Avomo Assoumou, where he conducted the inventory of airports in Cameroon.

According to the Minister of Transport, these positive results attest to the recognition by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that actions taken by Cameroon to improve the implementation of safety standards, particularly at the Nsimalen International Airport, are yielding fruit. It appears that the field of civil aviation in Cameroon has recorded many major changes in the organization of the safety device. This is thanks to the decree signed by the President of the Republic, Paul Biya on the 8th of January 2018 approving and enforcing the National Program for Civil Aviation Security in Cameroon (PNSAC).

It should be cornered that more than 200 security operatives have been recruited and trained at the Cameroon Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) for strengthening security measures at airports. The latter were deployed in the international airports of Yaounde and Doualato this effect. In the same vein, there are many material and financial resources available to the special units. This make it possible to standardize access to reserved areas at airport
infrastructures like; patrol roads, fences and watchtowers which has been refurbished. Filtering devices and equipment (access gates, scanners, cameras, X-ray inspection tunnel) have also been installed, as well as telecommunications.

All these reforms and measures taken is aimed at  protecting passengers, the ground crews, aircrafts, installations, services of the airports, acts of illicit interventions and also contributes to the reinforcement of the aviation security in Cameroun as pinpointed by Jean Ernest Ngalle Bibehe. The Director General of Cameroon Civil Aviation Authority Paule Avomo Assoumou on his part added that that these audit results on civil aviation safety are good signs for Cameroon, which has made many strives in this area.

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