Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara on Saturday said the state would deliver overwhelming votes for Bola Ahmed Tinubu to become the next President in Nigeria in 2023.AbdulRasaq said this on Saturday while unveiling the Independent Presidential Campaign office of the state chapter for North Central Agenda for Asiwaju (NCAA) and South West Agenda for Asiwaju (SWAGA), at Fate Road Ilorin.
The governor, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Rasaq, said his record of performance in office, with impacts across the state, was convincing enough that the APC government was better off and could market Asiwaju and other contestants of the party.
He said both the NCAA and SWAGA, among other support groups, wey strong canvassers for realisation of Asiwaju’s political ambition.
He said Kwara was one of the few states that delivered overwhelming majority votes for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 election, saying the people were still determined to replicate same for Tinubu come 2023.He enjoined the party followers in the state to remain steadfast, focused and free from financial inducement, asking them to work hard for the success of the party across board.
The National Chairman, SWAGA and NCAA, Sen. Dayo Adeyeye, expressed certainty that Kwara would deliver for Tinubu, judging from how the state government and its people have been showing love and support for the presidential candidate.
While promising that Kwara would be in the forefront of development under Asiwaju’s government, Adeyeye described Asiwaju Tinubu as a marketable product who would rely on his good antecedents.
State Chairman for APC, Mr Sunday Fagbemi, said Gov. AbdulRazaq’s performance was outstanding and remained a campaign message for all party candidates, asking party faithful to shun violence and make the campaigns issue-based.
He appreciated the state Chairman for SWAGA and NCAA, Mr Olabanji Olayemi, and his team, for working excellently to realise the campaign office.
Mr Olabanji Olayemi, in his submission, said progressive people of the state were determined to partake in the widely accepted struggle to enthrone Tinubu to accelerate further hope in Nigeria.
He said the campaign body was working in synergy with other notable support groups to strengthen the mobilisation efforts, particularly at the grassroots level.
The Federal Government has selected Ethiopian Airlines (ET) Consortium as preferred bidder for Nigeria Air. The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika made this known during a media briefing on Friday in Abuja.
According to him, ET scored 89 per cent out of 100 as regards the technical bid and 15 out 20 as regards financial bid.
Sirika explained that the Request for Proposal (RFP) under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Act, governed by Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission(ICRC) regarding the Nigeria Air was now completed.
“After a careful, detailed and ICRC governed selection process, Ethiopian Airlines (ET) Consortium has been selected as preferred bidder, offering an owner consortium of 3 Nigerian investors.
“The Nigerian investors are MRS, SAHCO and the Nigerian Sovereign Fund (46%), FGN owning 5% and ET 49%.
The consortium has been subject to a due diligence process.
“The contract will be negotiated between consortium and FGN leading to a Full Business Case (FBC) which will be expected to be approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
We expect this process to take 6-8 weeks.
” The minister said the national carrier would be launched with three Boeing 737-800 in a configuration very suitable for the Nigerian market.
According to him, Nigeria Air will be launched with a shuttle service between Abuja and Lagos to establish a new comfortable, reliable and affordable travel between the two major Nigerian Airports.
Sirika added that other domestic destinations would follow thereafter.
“The first aircraft is ready to arrive in Abuja for the further work and NCAA inspection, demo flights and audit as part of the AOC requirements.
“In time, two others will arrive to complete the required three aircraft for a new AOC holder.
The interim executive team has prepared, with the support of FAAN.
“The team has arranged for Terminal C at the Abuja Airport and finalised a contract with MMA 2 terminal in Lagos, for the operation of an initial shuttle between Lagos and Abuja,” he said.
He noted that the Operations Control Centre (OCC) at the Abuja Airport would act as Headquarters of the airline.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has renewed the Air Transport Licence (ATL) of Azman Air, upon fulfilment of all outstanding requirements.
A copy of the document sighted in Lagos on Friday, signed by NCAA Director General, Capt. Musa Nuhu, indicated the renewal.
The document, with reference number 1118, indicates that it would be valid for a five year period from 2022 through 2027. Recall that NCAA had on Thursday suspended Azman Air over the airline’s inability to renew its ATL, among other issues.
Nuhu said the renewal of the ATL would enable the airline to resume flight operations.
“The licence to operate the scheduled and non-scheduled passenger and cargo air services within and outside Nigeria is hereby granted, pursuant to Section 184.108.40.206 and Section 220.127.116.11 of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations 2015,” the document read in part.
It indicates that this is for the period of five years, from Sept. 16, 2022 to Sept. 15, 2027. It said that the utilisation of the licence should be in compliance with all relevant Civil Aviation Regulations.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has suspended the Air Transport Licence (ATL) of Azman Air for failure to remit N1.2 billion Ticket Sales Charge (TSC) from passengers.
The Director-General of NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, made this known in a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday.
Nuhu explained that the airline was suspended for failure to also submit security clearance for the renewal of its ATL, which expired in April 2021. Nuhu said the N1.2 billion debt was the revenue accrued from the five per cent Ticket Sales Charge (TSC) and Cargo sales Charge (CSC) collected from the air travelers by the airline.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the is shared among five aviation agencies; NCAA and Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).
Others are the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) and the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria.
NCAA gets 58 per cent from the total 5 per cent of and it is the major revenue earning for the agency, while the other four agencies share the remaining 42 per cent.
Nuhu decried that the regulatory agency had made efforts to recover the debt from the airline over the years, but ”the carrier was recalcitrant in paying back the sum despite collecting it from the passengers.
” Azman commenced scheduled operations in 2014. However, the withdrawal of the airline’s ATL rendered its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) invalid.
Nuhu told aviation journalists that its management had held series of meetings with Azman Air leadership on how to pay back the debt, but both parties failed to reach an agreement.
He said that the airline’s management had promised to pay back the sum of N10 million monthly as part of the N1.2 billion debt, but said the regulatory body insisted on N50million monthly.
Besides, the D-G said that the airline could not provide its security clearance, which was one of the prerequisites for renewal of ATL.
He said: “We didn’t suspend Azman Air’s Airline Operator certificate, but suspended their ATL, which had earlier expired.
”The ATL earlier expired in April 2021, but we gave the airline extension because of the disruption to aviation activities by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This was what we did for other airlines, too.
However, we wrote a reminder letter to the airline six months to the new expiring date, which is statutory.
“Later, the airline requested for another extension of 90 days, but we only granted it 60 days.
”At the expiration of the 60 days, we also gave it 30 days reminder, which elapsed on Wednesday night, yet nothing was done by the airline.
” Nuhu said tha the airline owed us N1.2 billion as , adding, ”we invited them and set up a committee for that purpose.
”Azman said they would pay the sum of N10 million monthly out of the debt, which we refused.
“They later came up to N20 million, but we insisted on N50 million monthly.
”If we had agreed to the N10 million monthly, it means it will take them about 12 years to repay back the money it had already collected and by then, the money would have lost.
” Nuhu further threatened that the ATL or AOC of any other airline that owed the agency’s five per cent would not be renewed.
He appealed to other carriers to pay up the backlog of debts.
Aero Contractors takes delivery of 2nd DASH-8 Q400 aircraft Aircraft By Gabriel Agbeja Abuja, Sept. 13, 20222 Aero Contractors, Nigeria’s oldest aviation company, has taken delivery of a second Dash-8 (Q-400) aircraft on Tuesday at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
The Nigerian registered aircraft owned by UMZA Air would be operated by Aero Contractors under a joint venture agreement between both parties.
The Dash 8 aircraft is one of the most fuel efficient and modern aircraft in the market and has a capacity of 74 seats.
The Managing Director of the Aero Contractors, Capt. Abdullahi Mahmood, after taking the delivery of the new aircraft, said Nigerians ought to expect efficient, prompt and reliable services “when the airline resumes operation soonest with the second Dash-8Q400 Bombardier.
’’ Mahmood, who was represented by Mr Daniel Adah, the Head of Aero Contractors` Security, said the 75 capacity aircraft was very dependable due to its fuel efficiency.
“So with this, we hope to meet aviation demand in terms of passengers and also cost because we have noticed that cost is actually a concern for a lot of travelling passengers.
“So, we believe when you operate a fuel efficient aircraft, you will be able to fly passengers with a reasonable fare, so that is what we are looking at for the passengers, “ he said.
The managing director said that the airline was still expecting three more aircraft before the end of October.
According to him, the airline can comfortable commence operation with the six aircraft it has right now, when it is through with Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) audit process with clearance.
“Once you have more aircraft, it gives the passengers leverage for a lower fare because once you have few aircraft with so much demands, then the price will go up.
“We are looking at better services and a little bit if low fares, so at the end of the day, we should not also cut ourselves short because of the operating cost.
” Also speaking, Capt. Ado Sanusi, the former Managing Director of Aero Contractors, said that the Nigerian aviation needed more aircrafts to grow.
According to him, the nation needs at least 30 to 35 aircrafts flying daily in the entire airspace to make sure that all passengers’ needs are met and the tickets are not expensive.
“It is important to connect most of the state capitals to Abuja and to the economic capital Lagos and to the oil and gas capital, Port Harcourt to connect them to other state capitals.
“So, I think the second coming of this aircraft shows that there is room for investment and I believe investors will key to what Umza has done to invest into the aviation industry to make it grow.
“The cost of tickets is a factor of so many things but the major one is the cost of JetA1. Another thing that will drive down the cost is the availability of the seats available to fly.
“If we have a lot of seats available, then the tickets will come down, “ he said.
Mr Mohammed Abubakar, the Chairman of Umza Aviation Services, who is the owner of the aircraft said the five aircrafts cost 50 million dollars.
“So far so good, we have received two out of five aircrafts and we are expecting three.
We have not started working for now; we are still studying the situation and planning.
“So hopefully at any moment, we may start flying.
Almost 50 million dollars was invested in the purchase of the five aircrafts.
“The aircraft are not on lease, it is an outright purchase.
“This is a risk worth taking.
In a couple of weeks, we will start operating based on our agreement with Aero, while we are processing our AOC.
” According to him, business decision depends on individuals to take risk.
Abubakar, who described DASH-8Q400 aircraft as one the safest aircraft, said that the difference between it and Boeing 737 was just 10 minutes.
According to him, DASH-8Q400 aircraft was also one of the safest aircraft because it hardly crashes as it has short landing and short take-off which is very good even during emergency.
“Also, if the aircraft you are using does not consume too much of the Jet A1, then you can drive down the cost which is why the choice of Dash-8 Q400 is a good one.
“Any aircraft that does not consume too much fuel and will deliver the same product to the passengers, will be a welcome development to investors because it will consume less fuel.
`You can afford to sell your ticket a bit less because you are consuming less fuel, “ Abubakar said.
The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has frowned at foreign airlines selling tickets in dollars, warning that government would not take it kindly with those caught engaging in such violation of Nigerian laws.
Sirika gave the warning while fielding questions from State House correspondents at the end of the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday in Abuja.
The minister revealed that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had been instructed to swing into action by protecting the interest of Nigerians against reported airlines’ operations malpractices.
He warned that no violator, no matter how highly placed, would be spared if caught in the act.
According to him, findings at government’s disposal have indicated that some of the airlines are refusing naira and charging their ticket fares in dollars in violation of the country’s laws.
He said: ”I want to use this opportunity to say that reports are reaching us that some of the airlines are refusing to sell tickets in naira.
That is a violation of our of local laws, they will not be allowed.
”The high and the mighty amongst them will be sanctioned, if they’re caught doing that.
”NCAA had been directed to swing into action and once we find any airline violating this, we will definitely deal with them.
Also, they blocked the travel agents from access.
”They also made only the expensive tickets available and so on so forth.
”Our regulators are not sleeping, we have a very vibrant Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
Once they found any airline guilty, that airline will be dealt with because we need to protect our people.
” The minister further disclosed that the foreign airlines made over 1.1 billion dollars from Nigeria in 2016, when the Buhari’s administration cleared the 600 million dollars it inherited from previous government.
Sirika recalled that the airlines remitted over 600 million dollars to their home countries in 2016 while over 265 million dollars had also been released this year out of about 484 million dollars due to them.
According to him, the government is trying to keep the airlines happy by ensuring that their money does not pile up again, saying that while the country needs their services, the airlines need the Nigerian market.
The minister warned them to refrain from using the social media to press home their demands rather than resorting to the diplomatic channels.
Sirika also described as irresponsible media report that the Federal Government had so far expanded N14.6 billion on Nigeria Air project.
According to him, that government has only spent N651 million (N352 million and N299 million) for what he called transactional advisory services approved by the FEC, but yet to be disbursed as the consultants were yet to finish their work He said: ”So Nigeria Air is of course, we are going to come very soon to council for approval of the full business case.
”The activity is a Public Private Partnership, which is guided by the ICRC regulations, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission.
“We have diligently followed that.
And I want to seize the opportunity to say that we have been reading newspaper reports, especially those that I have maximum respect for like the Guardian, which put out a sensational article on the front page.
”That the Federal Government of Nigeria has spent N14 billion on national carrier and they did nothing – this is absurd.
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has begun the training of about 40 Aeronautical Meteorological Observers and Forecasters in Katsina State.
Declaring the exercise open, Director-General (DG) of NiMet, Prof. Mansur Bako-Matazu, said the training was to enhance effective service delivery in the aviation sector.
Bako-Matazu, who is also the NiMet’s Chief Executive Officer, was represented by the agency’s Director of Weather Forecasting Services, Mailadi Yusuf.
The NiMet boss explained that participants were selected across the 36 states of the federation.
He said the training would help the forecasters and observers to design routes for aircraft to avoid hazardous phenomena like lightning, icing, turbulence and thunderstorms.
According to him, it will also help them to design other flight hazards that could affect a flight’s ability to depart or arrive at its destination on time and safely.
He also reminded participants on the importance of forecasting for the conditions determined by the meteorological parameters such as wind, precipitation, turbulence, temperature and visibility.
“A good and accurate report by a competent meteorological observer would contribute significantly in enhancing flight safety in the country.
“The agency is committed to ensuring that the observers and forecasters are trained and re-trained to meet the safety standards and guidelines.
Especially those specified by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).
” He said weather forecasting was a key factor in decision making in the aviation industry, especially during take-off, in-flight and landing, because it prevented flights from dangerous accidents.
“This, in essence, is the main objective of this week-long training that the agency has organised in fulfilment of the requirements of both the NCAA and ICAO.
“Meteorological observers and forecasters are subjected to training, to keep them up to speed with developments in the aviation sector,” Bako-Matazu said.
According to him, the agency is conducting the 10th batch of the training instead of the 11th and 12th batches, after the restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown which adversely affected the aviation sector.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it has not increased landing and parking charges for domestic and international airline operators in the nation’s airports.
Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, Managing Director, FAAN, made the clarification on Monday in Ikeja while speaking with journalists .
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Yadudu spoke with newsmen after leading the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on an inspection of facilities at the new Murtala Muhammed International Airport Terminal.
Yadudu said a media report that FAAN had increased charges for airline operators was false, and it was not in the immediate plan of the agency to do so.
“The report is wrong and misleading; FAAN has not increased landing and parking charges.
“We have not increased landing and parking charges for international airline operators since 2002 and that was when tickets were going for N300,000, not now that they are going for thousands of dollars.
“Domestic land and parking was last reviewed in 2012, when tickets were being sold for N6000; now tickets are being sold for N100,000. “Actually, there are more than enough reasons for FAAN to increase, because in 2012 tickets were going for between N6000 snd N7000, and we have not reviewed since.
“It is important to caution that we need to be careful with what we read and those sending out the news should always cross check their facts.
“We do not enjoy coming out to refute disinformation, we do not enjoy it at all.
The fact remains that we have not increased our charges and we do not plan to do it this year”, he said.
The FAAN Managing Director said if at all there was any plan by FAAN to review the charges, stakeholders in the aviation sector would be carried along on how to go about it.
He said the new MMIA terminal was part of Federal Government’s efforts to reposition the aviation sector and make passengers enjoy exciting travelling experience.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the project and all the others in airports across the country.
Yadudu added that the Buhari administration had demonstrated its commitment to improving the aviation sector with execution of new projects and revival of abandoned ones.
Also speaking, Capt. Musa Nuhu, Director-General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), also said the report that new charges had been introduced in the aviation sector was misleading .
Nuhu said the NCAA had not increased charges in the last 10 years, even with justification to do so.
“I am not aware of any new charges and I have not authorised any increase in charges.
“The last time NCAA reviewed charges was 10 years ago because NCAA operates on a policy of costs recovery.
“We don’t charge people to make profits; what we charge is what we spend in providing services.
That is what we charge to recover for those services.
“And you can imagine if you are charging N5,000 10 years ago, calculate the inflationary pressure and the devaluation of the naira, we are actually recovering costs, we are providing services to the industry at subsidised rate”, he said.
He, however, said there was the need to consider the review of the existing charges as the agency was in need of resources to continue to provide services.
Nuhu said NCAA depended on the revenue it was generating, and not the government, to provide services.
NAN reports that the minister, in company with aviation officials, had inspected facilities at the new terminal.
Mohammed, who expressed delight at the standard and quality of facilities at the terminal, said when fully operational, It would accommodate and process no fewer than 14 million passengers annually.
NEWS ANALYSIS: Nigeria Air: Avoiding the pitfalls of Nigeria Airways Nigeria Air: Avoiding the pitfall of Nigeria Airways A News Analysis by Gabriel Agbeja, News Agency of NigeriaOne of the concerns of President Muhammadu Buhari from the inception of his administration includes inquiries on the resting of the national carrier — Nigeria Airways Ltd. — and the process of reviving the once vibrant Nigerian airline.
For the benefits of the hindsight, Nigeria Airways was vibrant in the 1980s with its fleet comprising more than 30 aircraft before it was rested in 2003. With a promising future for the airline then, the federal government moved from owning 51 per cent shareholding of the airline to 100 per cent shareholding in1961 to make the airline the country’s flag carrier, serving both domestic and international destinations.
However, Nigeria Airways Ltd. ceased operations in 2003 with a huge debt of more than 700 million dollars, the development that has been given both stakeholders and government serious concern.
Concerned citizens have then been asking: What are the pitfalls in the management of the airline and what to do to avoid recurrence in the event of engaging similar venture.
Some experts in aviation industry observe that improper management, ranging from corruption to overstaffing, brought down the airline.
Former Flight Captain with Nigeria Airways Wale Otubanjo, who was a staff of Nigeria Airways from 1980-2003 before voluntary retirement, notes that the pitfall of the airline is mainly mismanagement.
“If anyone leases an aircraft on wet lease agreement such one will never ever make money.
This has led to downfall of so many operators in the country including Nigeria Airways.
“In a wet lease situation, the lessor is providing both aircraft and crew, the lessor maintains operational control of all flights.
“But in a dry lease situation, the lessee provides its own crew and the lessee exercises operational control of its flights,’’ he explains.
He says Nigeria Airways with its network points in Europe, North America and Saudi Arabia, was managed by a number of foreign companies, including British Airways, KLM and South African Airways on “wet’’ lease.
Otubanjo observes further that the airline operated a variety of aircraft such Vickers VC10, Airbus A310, Boeing 737 and 747 and McDonnell Douglas DC-10 by owing or leasing.
Similarly, retired Group Capt. John Ojikutu, a formal Commandant of the Murtala Muhammad Airport, Lagos, alleges that government officials and those in the management of the Nigeria Airways are responsible of resting the airline.
Ojikutu observes that the loss by the airline started from the attitude of the government officials by using air warrants to board flights without return payments.
“Later, government officials collected fares from sources for first and business classes and by some arrangements, economic tickets were issued but they would still be offered first or business class seats.
“There were many similar frauds that included both government and management of the airline which led to huge losses of government investment, huge losses of revenue and huge debts for the airline.
“Not many national governments are investing in commercial aviation today without substantial investments from credible investors and technical partners,’’ he observes further.
According to him, no U.
S. airline today is a national carrier rather they are all flag carriers with investments from the nationals but not government.
Ojikutu advises the federal government to ensure that proper steps are taken before undertaking new national carrier project.
He further advises the government to carefully consider effective suggestions from aviation experts to have a virile national carrier.
“On Nigeria Air, the suggestion to the Ministry of Aviation in 2019 which was approved was 35 per cent for foreign technical partners, 40 per cent for investors and 25 per cent for credible Nigerian investors.
“Others included 25 per cent for the Nigerian public and 10 per cent for the federal government and the 36 states.
“These were supported by the minister of Aviation in August 2019 but the genuineness sharing formula was dropped to five per cent for whatever reason.
Since 2019, it has been one step forward and five steps backwards,’’ Ojikutu explains.
Ojikutu recalls that N19.5 billion intervention funds have come in different forms, showing the readiness of the government to make the airline work.
Worried by the pitfalls of the Nigeria Airways, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the establishment of Nigeria Air would be by the Public Private Partnership.
Nigeria Air was unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show in England on July 18, 2018 and the proposed airline was expected to cost 8.8 million dollars as preliminary cost and 300 million dollars as take-off cost.
Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika said at the Federal Executive Council meeting that the federal government had approved the leasing of three aircraft for the commencement of operations of the Nigeria Air. Sirika noted that the airline would begin with three aircraft made by Airbus and Boeing, running solely domestic routes.
The minister stated that the airline, which operations would be announced soonest, would expand into regional and intercontinental routes.
He said the whole process for the establishment of the national carrier and all the projects under the government’s aviation roadmap had been guided by the principles of transparency and accountability.
Further to this, Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has presented an Air Transport License (ATL) to the interim management of Nigeria Air. Nuhu said that ATL was a prerequisite for the airline to acquire Air Operation Certificate (AOC) to start operating.
According to him, the NCAA works and supports all operators currently existing and aspiring in the industry to get necessary documents after meeting all the requirements.
“This ATL has gone through all the processes.
So, at this point in time, I would like to do the presentation.
We look forward to the fulfilment of the AOC process so that we can hand over the AOC certificate to you.
“As the regulator, we work with operators.
That is a goal to promote the growth of the industry.
It is important to have strong airlines in Nigeria in view of the Single African Transport Market,’’ he said.
Nuhu said that Nigeria stood to get the best from the African Union Agenda 2063 Air programme, being one of the largest markets in Africa.
He said that participating in Single Africa Air Transport Market as a nation would increase the Gross Domestic Product.
The Acting Chief Executive Nigeria Air, Mr Dapo Olumide, thanked the NCAA for the good job executed leading to the presentation of ATL to Nigeria Air. Olumide said that the team would definitely double efforts to fulfil all necessary processes to receive AOC certificate from NCAA to start flying.
“We already have aircraft identified because that is one of the requirements for the NCAA.
We are waiting for the terms of agreement with the Provider of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).
“What we need now is to go through stages to get an AOC certificate from the NCAA.
No magic in the process.
It is not something that can be issued because they like your face.
“When you have an AOC and ATL, you can commence commercial scheduled operations.
The date to start operation is largely based on the process one is following to get the AOC certificate,’’ he said.
According to him, 49 per cent of the Nigeria Air project will be owned by equity partners and 46 per cent by Nigerians while the federal government will own five per cent of the shares.
“The ATL certificate signed by Director-General of the NCAA Musa Nuhu will run for a period of five years (from June 3 to June 2, 2027).
“It is one of the certifications that must be acquired by airlines before they can commence operation while they await all-important Air Operator Certificate (AOC).
“This will fully guarantee Nigeria Air the right to begin air services,’’ he said.
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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has re-affirmed its commitment to ensuring continued sustenance of safe and secure flight operations in spite of challenges facing the aviation industry.The Director-General of NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, made this known to aviation journalists at the Muritala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, on Friday.Nuhu promised that the regulatory agency would continue the implementation of its statutory responsibilities and duties to retain the confidence of the flying public.He said investigations were still ongoing into the operations of the suspended Dana Air and it would remain grounded until all the identified issues had been resolved, in compliance with Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) According to him, the detailed report of the two audits on DANA, shows the determination of the NCAA in ensuring that the safety of flights is foremost and overrides all other considerations.The director-general recalled that the NCAA had carried out a Financial and Economic Health Audit in addition to Technical Safety Audit of the airline.“The outcome of the two audit revealed a weak financial position and grave violations of Nig.CARs, which prompted the immediate suspension of the airline’s Air Transport License (ATL) and Air Operators Certificate (AOC).“However, I want to express dismay at some negative comments on the NCAA in some social media platforms based on interview that took place on a television network.“Almost the entirety of the comments during the interview were direct quotes of NCAA findings of the two audits.“The details of these investigations and proactive action showed the professionalism of the apex regulatory agency.” Nuhu urged industry experts to seek clarification from the NCAA to make informed and balanced comments because it was opened to informed criticisms geared toward improving the industry.The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that NCAA had in July, suspended the operations of Dana Air’s Transport License (ATL) and Air Operator Certificate (AOC) indefinitely.Nuhu in a statement said suspension was because of the outcome of a Financial and Economic Health Audit and a Technical Safety Audit carried out on the airline’s flight operations.According to NCAA, the airline was no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations and to conduct safe flight operations Nuhu had said that its action was made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b) and (4) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 18.104.22.168(a)(1) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015.NewsSourceCredit: NAN