A six-man delegation from the International Civil Aviation Organization has begun auditing the safety measures, types of equipment and regulations put in place for the safety of air traffic by the Aviation Authority Liberian civilian in the country.
The delegation, which is led by ICAO Standards and Procedures Manager for Personnel Licensing, Louis Opoku, will be in the country for six days purposely to audit Liberia’s state safety oversight system. .
The Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP) is a program through which the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) monitors Member States’ compliance with their safety oversight obligations. The results of USOAP activities allow ICAO to assess a State’s ability to provide safety oversight by determining whether the State has effectively and consistently implemented the eight Critical Elements (CEs) of a safety oversight system, which enables the State to ensure the implementation of ICAO’s safety strategy, related Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), as well as associated procedures and guidance material.
Primary aviation legislation and civil aviation regulations, civil aviation organization, personnel licensing and training, aircraft operation, airworthiness of aircraft, aircraft accident and incident investigation, air navigation services and Airfields and ground aids are among the eight Critical Elements (CEs) that the USOAP audits for effective implementation.
During the official opening ceremony held in the boardroom of the Civil Aviation Authority of Liberia on April 20, 2022, the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Liberia, Moses Y. Kollie, assured ICAO of the LCAA’s continued cooperation throughout the audit period and expressed his confidence in the LCAA’s ability to perform well in order to restore the country’s position in the industry world aeronautics.
According to Director Kollie, the LCAA is reminded that in accordance with ICAO standards, there is a benchmark of a minimum score of 60% at the Effective Implementation (EI) level for all Member States and that the first time the country was audited was in 2006, but unfortunately the country’s effective implementation (EI) since 2006 has been less than 20%.
Director Kollie, on the other hand, said that Liberia, as an ICAO Member State, has worked diligently to prepare for this 2022 audit through its Civil Aviation Authority. in order to score high in its EI at the end of ICAO 2022. USOAP Audit.
The Director General of the LCAA took the opportunity to inform ICAO that, as part of the usual administrative and political will of Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, he recently authorized, with immediate effect , the two Ministers of State for Presidential Affairs and Finance and Development Planning of the Republic of Liberia; ensure that Roberts International Airport (RIA) is brought up to international standards by making funds available for this purpose.
According to Louis Opoku, the head of the audit delegation, his team will work independently to ensure that ICAO standards are followed during the twelve-day audit.
He revealed that verification of legislation and regulations, flight operations, airfields and children on the ground, accident and incident investigation, among others. Opoku said that since Liberia does not have branches in other parts of the country, the team will limit its activities to visiting sites in and around Monrovia.
Opoku also told the LCAA that the findings of the audit will be made available to Liberia and that, if necessary, corrective actions will be recommended, along with praise for the industry’s efforts in maintaining safety and security. The surveillance.