ICAO Audit Team Presents Interim Security Audit Report on Aviation Security Systems to SLCAA

By Cyril Barnes

On Friday 30th August, 2019, following the recent International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Universal Security Audit 
Programme (USAP) conducted to assess the level of security compliance in Sierra Leone, a team of four 
has presented an Interim Security Audit Report on the State’s Aviation Security Systems to the Sierra Civil 
Aviation Authority (SLCAA). 

The just concluded security audit mission was carried out to promote global aviation security through 
continuous auditing and monitoring of the aviation security performance of Sierra Leone by determining 
the level of effective implementation of the critical elements of the State’s aviation security oversight 
system. 

In his remarks, the Director General of SLCAA, Moses Tiffa Baio expressed his appreciation to the team for 
their display of professionalism, believing that the just concluded audit programme was indeed a memorable 
one. 

“The move for the enactment of the SLCAA Act, 2019 was an inspiration from your team, knowing fully well 
that without the passing of the bill, the State will not meet the global security rating. As actors of the State, 
we have done all we can to ensure compliance; therefore we are looking forward to a positive outcome. The State will work assiduously to effect the recommendations proffered by the team,” DG Baio 
said. 

The team lead, Aurélien Lavayssiére thanked the Government of Sierra Leone, Civil Aviation Authority, Airport Authority and other security agencies for their support. While deliberating on the areas covered, he noted that Critical Element One, which covers primary security legislation, was well established as a result of the enactment of the SLCAA Act, 2019. 

“All of the eight critical elements areas of the USAP were covered. The enactment of the 2019 Act is essential because it provides sufficient details for the establishment of the SLCAA and the empowerment of the national aviation security inspectors. Generally, there is a greater degree of progress made in all the eight critical elements which will be detailed in the final audit report that will be sent to the state in six weeks’ time from the date of 30th August 2019. 

However, some areas may require amendments, reviews, updates etc but with the high level of 
cooperation amongst security actors in the aviation sector this will be done in shortest possible time as 
they are not significant findings,” he said. 

In his closing courtesy, the Deputy Minister of Transport and Aviation, Hon. Sadiq Sillah said the 
certificate of urgency signed by His Excellency Julius Maada Bio was a demonstration of his commitment 
towards building a safe and secure aviation system in Sierra Leone. He expressed optimism in the outcome 
of the result while maintaining that any support needed to address emerging issues would provided.  

“President Bio believes in the development of the aviation industry because a sound aviation system will be a catalyst for tourism and other sectors to boom, as aviation does not only provide global connectivity but also economic growth,” he said.

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