By LAWANI MIKAIRU & DANIEL ETEGHE
Director General of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA , Captain Fola Akinkuotu, has appealed to pilots and engineers to comply with aviation rules and regulations in order not to create unnecessary tension and confusion in the aviation industry.
This will help achieve safety and security in the industry.“This is just as he officially announced a new Directorate, Directorate of General Aviation with Captain Deji Sasegbon as its Director.“Speaking at the NCAA Annex during his first public appearance at an interactive meeting with airlines and general aviation operators, the new DG asked the stakeholders to always adhere to safety standards in order not compromise safety and security.
“Akinkuotu who was particularly interested in pilots and engineers’ role in safety said that if these groups do not comply to rules it portends more harm to the industry.“”The roles that engineers and pilots play are critical. They know the rules and if they follow the rules, I believe we will have more peace because more often than not it is people who know the rules that break the rules.”
“I appeal to pilots and engineers, you know the rules let us adhere and make it better.”“Akinkuotu further said that the NCAA would, in the search for safety,continue such interactions to make safety a priority.“On the general aviation directorate he said that progress has been made with the number of flights and private jets in Nigeria.
“ That we are today witnessing far more flights, domestic and international is progress, that there are far more private jets and their operations in Nigeria today is evidence of progress, this progress was motivated by changes both at home and internationally.
This as you rightly conclude informs the need for, and establishment of a Directorate of General Aviation, and creation of rules to play by for all.” General Aviation has been neglected over the years but has continued to grow and it has to be encouraged but it also needs to be regulated and that is why NCAA created the new directorate.”