BY LAWANI MIKAIRU & DANIEL ETEGHE
Director General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority ,NCAA, Dr Harold Demuren recently reacted to call by the House of Representative for his removal as the Director General of the regulatory agency.
Speaking during an interview with Journalists at the Christmas service held at the Garden Tomb in Israel, where he prayed for the safety of the Nigerian airspace and passengers, he said as a professional he will not like to join issues with the honourable members who are politicians.
Dr Demuren said, “the National Assembly members are politicians, we are not politicians, we are professionals doing our job, the truth will come out and when the truth comes out, it will set everybody free”. He further explained that for six years Nigeria witnessed accident free flight operations by airlines.
In his words ‘’ it is very unfortunate that we had that tragic accident and for that to happen, you must not forget that this is why we gave thanks to God that from 2006 to that June last year, we have carried 50 million passengers, we have operated 4 million flights not a single accident and then suddenly that accident happened.’’
Dr Demuren also disclosed that NCAA is set to deploy Aircraft Automated Flight Information Reporting System to improve air safety in the Nigerian airspace in the year 2013. He explained that the Aircraft Automated Flight Information Reporting System will alert the authorities if there is any problem on board an aircraft, whether the aircraft is missing or not.
According to him, ‘’if anything happens on board, whether it is recorded or not, once it happens, automatically it would record on data based on hours and it would alert you that there is problem and it would stream those data to us. Whether the aircraft is missing or not, you still get and see the data.
“The good thing is that this data can be easily animated and you will see it in real life how it happened, what occurred, so that there will be no speculation, you can log from it, you can learn from it and then correct it, that is all about that and that is the good news coming from us.”