According to the official website of SCAMA (Somali Civil Aviation and Meteorological Authority), the organization is an autonomous body working under the Federal Government of Somalia through the ministry of aviation. It plays not only the role of aviation regulator but it also performs the services of air navigation and airport services.
This organization also establishes and implements Somalia’s civil aviation policies and protocols thus as acting as a professional establishment of sorts and a gateway that links the country to the international aviation community.
It becomes very strange then when a vital organization held to high standards and with such immensely crucial responsibilities as this one act so unprofessionally.
To elaborate, one only needs to visit the official website of this “professional authority” to see how shameful and negligent they are when it comes to describing their different sectors.
without shame and a drop of professionalism, They have plagiarized and copied from the Seychelles civil aviation authority website. To add insult to injury they have done this by copying a single page from the Seychelles website (air navigation services) and pasted it to all their departmental/sector information pages.
You can see that what is described on the SCAMA website is a clear explanation of the Seychelles airspace and aerodromes. Describing such control towers as Mahe and Praslin.
It has come to our knowledge that upon seeing this monstrosity of civil aviation impropriety, some staff members notified a high SCAMA official (nonother than the director himself). He pulled down the whole website for a few weeks, stating the website was under maintenance. But, lo and behold! The old website came back into operation without changing any of its old content, design – or any of its illegally, blatantly plagiarized words and turns of phrases.
I cannot fathom how this clear defamation of what is supposed to be an official governmental “authority” has evaded the attention of any reputable official.
The process of writing a description of simple departments does not require any vast knowledge of aviation terminologies AT ALL but a sound mind, good English and a dash of common sense. How then did this happen even after the knowledge of the directors of the organization?
A few days ago a rumor came to surface which brought into light the corruption that is rampant in Somalia”s civil aviation when it was brought into light how they sold Visas to Canada and Italy intended to help staff undergo a training for the betterment of the aviation profession in the country. The veracity of that piece of ‘news’ cannot be challenged when the perpetrator, SCAMA, is so brazenly stealing other people’s creations for everybody to see. Nowadays, a website is where you tell the rest of the world how they should see you, evaluate you and either reach out to you or run away from you!.
How disorganized is this entity? Don’t they consider the image of the country they are trying to represent? Do they not feel embarrassed? I can only ask myself if they even know what they are doing looking at how they published their website, it looks like intermediate school graduates are handling the website and its an insult even, to intermediate school students to be compared with SCAMA officials.
SCAMA proves to be another SCAM!
VISIT Somalia’s: http://www.scama.so
VISIT Seychelles’: http://www.scaa.s
Freelance journalist and advocate of civil rights.