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ICAO Says Nigeria Maintains Global Safety Standard in Aviation

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In its 2013 Safety Report, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) listed Nigeria as having global safety standard.

ICAO listed the Nigeira as one of the 14 countries in Africa that have effective Safety Implementation above the global average of 61%.

The rating is contained in the ICAO 2013 Safety Report based on the reports of its auditors which investigated level of compliance by individual country across the world, especially its over 200 member States.

ICAO stated in the report that in an effort to establish and implement an effective safety oversight system that reflects the shared responsibility of the State and the broader aviation community, each ICAO Member State should address all of the eight Critical Elements (CEs).

These eight categories address the entire spectrum of a State’s civil aviation oversight activities.

Meanwhile, other countries in Africa ranked along with Nigeria are: CapeVerde, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritania, Morocco, SouthAfrica, Sudan, Togo, Tunisia and Zimbabwe.

Some other countries also listed from other continents include: Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Estonia, CzeckRepublic, Denmark, United Sates of America, United Kingdom, North Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden, Thailand, Russian Federation, Israel,  United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Republic of Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Spain, Turkey, Venezuela, Italy, Japan, Malaysia ,Romania, Malta, Greece and India.

The eight Critical Elements areas expected of States to address are: Legislation, Organisation, Licensing, Operations, Airworthiness, Accident, Investigation, Air Navigation Services and Aerodrome.

To standardize the conduct of its audits under the USOAP,  ICAO has established audit protocol questionnaires.

The protocol questions are based on the Chicago Convention, SARPs established in the safety-related Annexes to the  Convention, as well as associated ICAO guidance material including, but not limited to, the ICAO Safety Oversight Manual (Doc 9734—The Establishment and Management of a State’s Safety Oversight System) and Safety Management Manual (Doc 9859—Safety Management Manual, 3rd ed).

Each audit protocol is a comprehensive checklist covering all areas of a State’s safety oversight system subject to the USOAP audit process. Using the audit protocol as a guideline, auditors are then able to determine a State’s capability for safety oversight.

On its “Focus On Africa”, the ICAO Safety Report 2013 noted that Traffic growth projections in Africa are promising as forecasts indicate an annual growth rate for international traffic of 6.1 per cent over the five-year period from 2010–2015.

A solid strategic planning process for safe and efficient operations, both nationally and regionally, is necessary to accommodate the expected traffic growth. Such a process will benefit from measurable targets and involve the active participation of States, international and regional organizations, industry partners, development banks and investors.

It stated that African community has shown its leadership towards this end especially during  the Ministerial Conference on Aviation Safety in Africa held in Abuja in July 2012, where specific measurable targets were adopted, including the resolution of Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs) as a matter of urgency and a progressive increase of the effective implementation of applicable ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) identified by the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) to no less than 60 per cent.

To attain the agreed safety targets and achieve long-lasting improvements, the cooperation of all stakeholders will be required.

Some efforts in this regard being implemented by ICAO in coordination with aviation safety partners are the Comprehensive Regional Implementation Plan for Aviation Safety in Africa (AFI Plan), the development of tailored ICAO Plans of Action for States with SSCs or serious safety deficiencies, and the Cooperative Inspectorate Scheme for the African and Indian Ocean Region (AFI-CIS).

These efforts have already shown tangible results in this region. Following the validation of corrective actions or mitigating measures implemented, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan and Zambia have successfully resolved the SSCs identified. Mauritania and Sudan have met the target of 60 per cent of effective implementation of safety-related SARPs and significant improvements were also noted by the USOAP in Benin and Madagascar.

ICAO assured member States that it will continue to provide assistance and coordinate the efforts of the international aviation community to support States willing to improve their safety oversight capabilities.


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NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System

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Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC), has arrested one Mr Aliu Olalekan, for allegedly hacking into DSTV system and watching the channels free without subscription.

NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System

Mr Matthew Ojo, NCC Director in the Lagos Directorate Office said this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, on Tuesday.

He said that the suspect used to watch DSTV channels free without subscription on his Android phone via an app which he downloaded on google play store.

“This suspect distributed the know-how to his telegram followers and on his blog with the aim of gaining more followers and viewership on his blog and makes more money through google ad-sense.

“The operation was based on surveillance which had earlier been carried out by the Multi-choice team and verified by a copyright inspector, ” he said.

He added that the arrest was made in collaboration with a team of copyright inspectors led by the Head of Enforcement Department, Mr Charles Amudipe.

Others included; a team from Multichoice Nigeria led by Mr Umar Ibrahim and policemen from Lagos Command Headquarters, Ikeja.

Ojo said that the joint team conducted an anti-piracy operation at the premises of the culprit in Amukoko, Lagos.

According to him, the suspect was contacted on phone by a member of the operation team on the disguise of patronising him. “The suspect came out to meet the caller and in the process of discussion, he was apprehended.

“The suspect took the team to his resident. The squad paraded his one-room apartment and recovered his laptop and phones used in perpetrating the ungodly act. “He was arrested and brought to the copyright commission office for further investigation, ” he said.

Ojo said that, on getting to the commission’s office, the statement of the suspect was taken and the inventory of items seized from him taken. He said that investigation on the matter was still ongoing and if found guilty the suspect will be charged to court.

 


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NCC, Digital Encode Support NITRA Innovative Tech Forum On Post-COVID-19 Strategies

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator and Digital Encode, Cybersecurity and Compliance advisory company, have indicated interest to partner with the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), the national umbrella body of ICT reporters, as it organizes a forum that will x-ray the industry’s future plans for ICT growth post pandemic era.

 

The event, slated to hold on October 15, 2020, will seek to discuss the needs for a fortified ICT sector after the COVID-19 era, and the level of preparedness of ICT stakeholders to embrace the challenge of being pivotal to the stability and growth of all other sectors.

 

A statement from NITRA National Secretariat in Lagos indicates that due to the pandemic and need to observe the COVID-19 protocol on social distancing, the event will be held via a Webinar.

 

This year’s theme, “Multi-stakeholder Approach To National Recovery Post-Pandemic”, is in line with the annual event’s generic theme, ‘NITRA Innovative Tech Forum’, a contribution by NITRA to the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) innovations and policies in Nigeria.

 

Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, NCC is expected to deliver the keynote speech at the event and will throw more light on Federal Government’s plans, programmes and policies on post-pandemic strategies using ICT.

 

Dr. Adewale Obadare and Dr. Seyi Akindeinde, founders of Digital Encode, while accepting to support the event expressed their readiness to offer their expertise in Cybersecurity for organisations to prepare against cyber- attacks with the new normal.

 

They will also highlight areas that are high risks that need fortification in terms of cybersecurity.

 

Speaking on the event, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, national chairman, NITRA, noted that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave its negative trails across the globe, economic reboot for countries will not only depend on how well they readapt to the new normal, but also more on their recovery plans.

 

According to him: “While the federal government has consistently expressed its willingness to set all policies in place to engender growth, and accelerated implementation of these policies, private sector firms have also shown great hunger for the task ahead in post-COVID-19 era.

 

However, the question that needs to be answered is whether all stakeholders are ready for the required task ahead.”

 

The event will also offer participating companies opportunities to publicize some of their individual efforts at contributing to reacting a soft landing or lifeline for SMEs and other ancillary companies as the pandemic threatens their survival.

 

Digital Encode is a multi-award winning and leading consulting and integration firm that specializes in the design, management, and security of business-critical networks, telecommunications environments and other Information Technology (IT) infrastructures.

 


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NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution

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Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has warned telecom consumers to desist from using illegal GSM boosters.

NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution

The commission also said that anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.

GSM boosters are devices that transmit and receive telecommunications signals and can therefore interfere with other radio frequency equipment.

Ikechukwu Adinde, director, public affairs, NCC, said in a notice published on NCC website, that only licensed network operators are allowed to use GSM boosters.

The booster, also known as amplifier or repeater is made up of three main elements – exterior antenna, amplifier, and interior antenna.

They form a wireless system to boost cellular reception

“Members of the public should note that, willful interference with any wireless telegraphy is an offence under Section 16 of the Telegraphy Act, 2004,”it said

The agency said it will not condone any flagrant breach of this law.

It has also enforced measures to prosecute offenders.

Accordingly, monitoring mechanisms have been put in place and anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.

“Any member of the public with useful information regarding the illegal use of GSM Boosters should contact the Commission on 09-4617000/7351 or send an email to [email protected],” the notice said.

“Individuals desirous of using GSM Boosters should note that they can only do so in conjunction with licensed network operators,” it added.

 

 


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