By Yunus Yusuf
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has called on airlines operating in the country to step up efforts to comply with industry safety procedures to avoid serious incidents and accidents.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the managing director was reacting to the suspension of Azman Air by the NCAA for failing to follow safety procedures.
Nuhu said it was the responsibility and duty of the NCAA to guide and work with operators and airlines and help them ensure they comply with its regulations.
He said the authority still sees the issue of safety as its number one priority, including the safe operation of airlines and operators.
The chief executive said the NCAA suspended the airline because it had concrete evidence against it to prevent the loss of lives in the industry.
“However, before we act, we need to have concrete evidence. We have to have a trend, ” Nuhu said.
According to him, we see what is happening and we do a risk-based analysis and we decide to take action.
“This is because the grounding of an airline has serious repercussions both on the availability of service to the public and also on the finances and reputation of the airline.
“When we got to a point where we weren’t happy, we called a Zoom meeting. I could have made the decision myself but I am a human being and I know I have my shortcomings.
“So I called my whole team. We had a Zoom meeting with airline management for about four to five hours before making the decision to suspend operations.
“I mean here clearly that this is not a punitive measure.
“While I’m talking to you, our team met up with the Azman team and we had a great discussion. We explained to them what the problems were, ”he said.
Nuhu said the NCAA had a very good discussion with management of the suspended airline and looked at each of the issues one by one.
He said the response from the airline’s management NCAA has been very encouraging and very positive.
According to him, I have seen a change and I can assure you that by the time Azman complies with whatever we want, the public will see another Azman airline.
Nuhu noted that this was his goal as he was not here to kill an airline or ruin it, but to guide it to operate safely, efficiently and to provide necessary services to the traveling public.
He said the airline had started employing people and was really working and cooperating, saying he was happy and felt very relieved at the response from airline management. (NOPE
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