First annual meeting of the National Civil Aviation Security Committee (NCSC)

Published: Wednesday, 08 August 2018 19:42

The Minister of Transport chaired Monday, August 06, 2018 in Yaounde, the first ordinary session of the National Civil Aviation Security Committee.

This working session took place in a context where the field of civil aviation has recorded many major changes as in the organization security devices: the restructuring of responsibilities of actors involved in this area following the signing of a decree rendering enforceable the National Civil Aviation Security Program in Cameroon (NCSP), the creation of a coordination structure for the implementation of security measures at airports in Cameroon (Airport Security unit) and regarding human resources, more than 200 Airport Security Officers  were recruited and deployed at Yaoundé and Douala international airports to reinforce security measures.

In the same vein, infrastructures have been rehabilitated or developed, filtering devices and equipment have been installed as well as telecommunication facilities with the support of the Presidency of the Republic.

All these measures and reforms are aimed at the protection of passengers, crews, aircraft, installations, protection from unlawful acts of intervention and contribute to strengthening the security of civil aviation in Cameroon.

They were evaluated during an ICAO security audit mission in April 2018 and the scores recorded are commendable.

The NCSC's statutory President and Minister of Transport, NGALLE BIBEHE Jean Ernest Massena, in his opening speech, also hailed the results of the ICAO audit, which reveals 68.85% of effective implementation of a system of supervision of civil aviation security by the CCAA against 52.15% in 2015- a mark improvement of 16.70%. According to the Minister, this progress is proof of more credibility in Cameroonian’s civil aviation. This predicts better days ahead for the development of air transport in view of the organization of the African Cup of Nations scheduled for 2019.

NCSC members also discussed the state of security of airports in cities which will be hosting the AFCON 2019 and ways that can lead to the complete improvement of security standards.