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Q&A with Nse Ikiddeh, General Manager, Planning and Technical Services, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria By Issa Castro, Manager, Global Training, ACI World ACI recently delivered in-house trainings to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) staff from Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos (LOS) and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja (ABV) following the successful participation of both airports in ACI Airport Excellence (APEX) in Safety reviews held earlier this year.

interior modification of 737/757/767/777 series planes. The move from aircraft manufacturing to an airport company was encouraged by special assignments on aircraft compatibility with the Boeing Airport Technology group assisting with the planning, engineering and evaluation of airport facilities and their functions.

Upon completion of both trainings, we caught up with Nse Ikiddeh, General Manager, Planning and Technical Services at FAAN, who has been actively liaising with ACI where training is concerned. We asked her to share her thoughts on the collaboration between ACI and FAAN:

Currently I manage the Aviation Planning and Technical Services Department responsible for ensuring the controlled development of the airport network through the development and maintenance of an integrated masterplan. My department is also responsible for research and statistics, monitoring and evaluation and multilateral relations.

Those reading this article may want to learn more about you. Can you share a little bit about your background and your role with FAAN?

You were instrumental in having APEX in Safety reviews performed in LOS and ABV. What was that experience like for you and your colleagues?

I started my career as an FPGA Design Engineer with Raytheon in Dallas, TX, and later as a System Engineer with Boeing in Seattle, WA focusing on analysis and integration, electrical systems and

It was a coordinated effort with the Head of Safety, Engr. Anukwa, and Chief of Staff, Kabir Mohammed. Prior to the APEX review, the airports were in a state of deficiency—there were many hazards that were already identified and some others overlooked until the reviews. The APEX review uncovered many open items which were identified and classified, and corrective action plans were drawn for their closure. With the reviews, the problems associated with aerodrome certification are being resolved and the organization now has a direction. The APEX review is the first of its kind since the inception of our airports and my colleagues were highly satisfied with the review as it added to their knowledge base. FAAN recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ACI for manpower development. What are you most looking forward to with this partnership?

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The signing of the MoU was a great achievement and MD/CE Engr. Saleh Dunoma and the Management of FAAN should be commended. We are in the era of human capacity development and the world is evolving daily with new innovations, especially in the aviation industry. We are working towards certifying most of our airports within the shortest possible time and human capacity development is an integral part of the certification preparation process. With this partnership,

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