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ACI issues safety, health accreditation certificates to three Nigerian airports

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Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri (SMICA), Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar, and the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport Sokoto have received recognition and accreditation for their commitment to prioritizing health and safety measures under ICAO Council Aviation Restart Task Force (CART) recommendations.

These accreditations are aligned with ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines as well as industry best practices.

Its purpose is to reassure the travelling public that airport facilities remain safe and that precautions are being taken to reduce any risks to their health.

ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira congratulated the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Captain Rabiu Yadudu, for SMICA becoming accredited in the ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation Program.

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The letter read,” After reviewing the evidence presented through our evaluation process, your airport has shown that it is providing safe airport experience for all travellers which is in line with the recommended health measures established in the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and ICAO Council Aviation Restart Task Force along with industry best practices.

The letter to the Chief executive Sultan Abubakar III International Airport Sokoto, Mr Musa Asizehi from the DG dated 20th July 2021, also read the same and stressed that the accreditation is valid for 12 months.

On Friday, New South Wales state declared an emergency over the Sydney outbreak. Authorities reported one fatality and 136 new infections in the latest 24-hour period, the biggest daily jump since the outbreak began in mid-June.

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