We’ll ‘sustaining zero accident in Aviation’ in 2017 -NCAA

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA says it would tactically surmount extraneous circumstances, seemingly preventing the industry from thriving.



The Director General of the Authority, Captain Muhtar Usman said this at a news conference in Lagos during the review of last year and acquainting the industry with the year 2017 projections.

Captain Usman who adjudged 2016 as one of the safest in Nigeria’s history said year 2017 would be approached with a four-point agenda.

“The 2017 agenda will focus on reviewing and strengthening economic regulation, sustaining zero accident in Aviation, improved consumer protection and continuous prioritisation of training”

The Director General stated that the preceding year 2016 was a successful year with a mixed bag of fortunes for the industry and another zero accident year culminating in a streak in the commercial air transport category.

According to him, state of the industry via passenger movement figure in the year 2015 on Airlines were given as forty-two daily while Flights had Seven hundred on a daily basis, 2016 remained the airlines figure as the flights dropped to five hundred and ninety-seven.

Projected Plan

He reiterated economic recession, paucity of foreign exchange, inability of foreign carriers to repatriate funds and scarcity of Aviation fuel as factors militating against the progress of the industry.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority DG identified the followings as the projected plan for the year 2017, involvement of all stakeholders to ensure airlines compliance with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations, all outstanding debts to be paid, sustained safety oversight and surveillance and continuous partnering with the media.

“Nigeria has increased in bilateral Air services agreement ( BASA) with Eighty-Eight  before and increased to Ninety countries in December last year and the additional countries are Seychelles and Bahamas, countries that requested for additional frequencies are UAE,Netherlands, Turkey, Brazil,Qatar and Ivory Coast” he explained.

He said NCAA would welcome constructive criticism on safety and security of Air transportation to enable the industry reach its destination.

The event had in attendance, the Directors in the industry, other management staff, Lagos Aviation Authority Chairman, Newsmen among others.

Source: Government

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