By DANIEL ETEGHE
IKEJA – Chairman, Air Nigeria, Dr. Jimoh Ibrahim, Wednesday, denied media reports that the airline’s flight operations had been been grounded by Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA.
Speaking to newsmen at the airline’s head office in Lagos, Ibrahim said NCAA had no reason to ground the operations of the airline, adding that the airline complied with all international standards safety regulations.
He showed journalists a memo to the airline by the Director, Airworthiness Standards, NCAA, Mr. Patrick Ekunwe, dated June 12, entitled, ‘Domestic and Regional Flight operations of Air Nigeria.’
He cautioned the media to always verify and confirm any conflicting report from the airline for clarification, as that was the bedrock of good journalistic practice. The memo read, “Please be informed that Air Nigeria had been cleared by Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to resume its normal domestic and regional flight operations. Please, grant them the necessary flight clearances accordingly.”
He explained that it was normal for NCAA to re-certify the aircraft of the airline after the one week strike embarked upon by workers, because of welfare issues.
He said, “Air Nigeria cannot be grounded. It is the safest airline in Nigeria as at today. We belong to IATA and we are audited by IOSA. We have been a member of IATA for the past six years and we are the oldest in the West Africa,” he added.