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Human capacity development crucial in maintaining Ghana’s aviation safety record

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31st Jul 2019 | Elizabeth Sasu

The Director-General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, Ing. Simon Allotey said that human capacity development was very crucial if Ghana was to maintain its Aviation Safety record of being the number one in Africa.

This was during the twenty-second meeting of AFI and Implementation Regional Group (APIRG/22) and the Fifth Meeting of the AFI Regional Aviation Safety Group (RASG-AFI/5) on 29th July 2019 in Accra-Ghana

He stressed the fact that “with a very well trained and motivated workforce, we should be able to address the findings which made us lose nearly 10% in the effective implementation score”. The GCAA has put down a mechanism to come up with corrective plans to address the areas “we were not compliant with”, he maintained.

According to ICAO, “Developing the next generation of aviation professionals is nothing short of crucial to the sustainable future of global air transport operations. The terrific growth that is forecast for international civil aviation offers opportunities to each of our 193 Member States and calls for capacity building in all of them”. ICAO is undertaking pragmatic measures to address the issues of human capacity development by implementing the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) programme, in conjunction with their Global Aviation Training Office.

NGAP is one of the key capacity building programmes targeting States by ICAO. Working from identified international best practices, it provides States with tools and guidance for implementing effective strategies to attract, educate, and retain the pilots, controllers, maintenance workers needed to keep their network functioning in the coming decades, as well as the managers and leaders who will guide this growth, safely, securely and efficiently.

This programme falls in line with what the Director-General said in developing effective human capacity and also to “provide adequate resources and tools for safety inspectors to work more efficiently”.

In the Minister of Aviation’s opening speech, he also made mention of the fact that “to continuously improve aviation safety in Ghana, the government is committed to collaborating with various stakeholders in the aviation industry with resources and policy direction to achieve Ghana’s vision of an aviation hub in the sub-region”.

Source: gh-aviation

Written by: Adwoa Sasu

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