Sierra Leone Aviation Authority on Security Crisis Management
The Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority (SLCAA) in collaboration with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) started a five day Security Crisis Management Training Workshop on Monday 6th May 2013 at the Satanno House, Freetown.
The Director General, SSLCAA, Badara Alieu Tarawally in an exclusive interview at his head office at Siaka Stevens Street, Freetown, told this medium that the training is very much significant as it one of the eight elements which will examine and audit the security process with a bid to solving the country’s security concern.
He said that the training will be looking at the manner in which crisis management occurs and how to resolve it and the methodologies that will be put in place to enhance security.
The Director General furthered that the training has two phases which commenced on the 30th April and ended on the 4th of May at Lungi international Airport Hotel for senior workers including the West Minister Security Services and workers of the Profiling System, workers from the various Airlines and partners in the operatives system of the Air wing.
Phase 2 which is for policy markers, will attract no lesser person than the Minister of Transport and Aviation as Chairman of the National Chief Aviation Committee of Sierra Leone who officially opened the session.
The Director General also assured the general public that the training course will enhance, promote and regulate the laws regarding disaster management in the country.
He also promised that the training will develop a crisis plan that will cover these concerns as they are working very closely with the International body to ensure that proper measures are put in place for the pro activeness of the SLCAA in teams of security system in the country.
In a related development at a press conference that preceded the training, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Vandi Minnah, in his keynote address said that in 2010, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) notified Sierra Leone on the Conduct of Cycle 2 of the Universal Security Audit Programme (USAP) due to the state of the Aviation Security in the country at the time when the country was suspended.
He spoke about the objectives of the course in recent years, highlighting that the Aviation industry had seen the emergency of world wide attacks against the safety and security of the traveling public, airports and aircrafts as well as aviation workers.
He said that the acts against Civil Aviation can be countered by developing Aviation Security Programmes, Measures and Procedures, noting that security measures implemented will be effective only as long as the people responsible for protecting the industry carry out their jobs efficiently.
The Minister also emphasized on the fact that the training course had been developed to enable participants to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills so that they will be able to carry out their functions to the best way of their ability.
He said that the need for a crisis Management Plan was recommended by the survey team as it is a requirement to be provided by the state at all airports serving civil aviation.
By Mohamed Y.Turay
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