Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja
The International Standards Organisation has commenced an audit of Nigeria’s four international airports in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Kano and Abuja.
According to the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, the ISO will also embark on the first maintenance audit of NiMet in order to ensure that it is sustaining the standard stipulated in the ISO 9001: 2015 certification, which the agency migrated to one year ago.
In his explanation of what the audit would entail, the ISO’s External Auditor in charge of the exercise, Frank Stromhier, stated that it was a requirement within the International Standards Organisation.
He said once an organisation was registered and certified, it would require an audit at least once a year to ensure that it was following the established registration requirements.
Stromhier stated that the scope of the audit would include the agency’s infrastructure, human resources, environment and instruments.
He added that it would also involve inspecting the four international airports in Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt and Lagos as covered in the scope of the NiMet certification, adding that the maintenance audit would be for two years.
The ISO 9001:2015 certification is a standard ICAO requirement that has brought international visibility to NiMet, being the first African meteorological institution to acquire it, and has also enhanced the agency’s operational activities and drawn commendations from both domestic and foreign airlines.
Speaking at the briefing with the external auditor, the Chief Executive Officer, NiMet, Prof. Sani Mashi, expressed gratitude for the advice and encouragement of the auditor last year towards the attainment of the certification.
“NiMet is still the only meteorological institution in Africa that is so certified,” he stated.
Mashi, however, gave an assurance that NiMet was not resting on its laurels, as it intended to continue to maintain the certification, adding that all the issues that would arise from the audit would be addressed.
He stated that NiMet had been receiving requests from sister meteorological institutions in Africa to help them achieve the ISO certification.
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