ABUJA, APRIL 21, 2017 – International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has confirmed its support for a new Declaration on the Improvement of Search and Rescue (SAR) services in Africa’s aviation sector.
In a statement by its Chief of Communication, Anthony Philbin, obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday, ICAO said the new agreement would be implemented in part.
It explained that the implementation would be under a separate Plan of Action adopted by the participating States’ Ministers.
The ICAO Council President, Dr Bernard Aliu, underscored the crucial role SAR services played in ensuring the safety of civil aviation operations.
Aliu appealed to States for greater cooperation to enhance compliance with the organisation’s current and incoming Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) for SAR services in Africa.
According to him, the provision of effective SAR services entails mobilization of essential State assets, and requires substantial financial commitments by the governments.
“Additionally, assets of neighbouring States and other international organizations are most likely to be involved in SAR missions, requiring the approval of high-level authorities.
“The ICAO ‘No Country Left Behind’ initiative is specifically aimed at ensuring that international standards are implemented in a harmonious manner in all member-states so that they have equal access to socio-economic benefits of aviation.
“We are here to help with these challenges, and our Regional Offices stand ready to consult on the most practical means forward to the required assistance and capacity building,” Aliu said.