By LAWANI MIKAIRU
The acting Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Dr Joyce Nkemakolam, says, the Authority will no longer tolerate the flouting of aviation laws by some airline owners and operators. And that the grounding of aircraft and suspension of operating licence of airlines can be avoided if aviation rules are obeyed.
Speaking to reporters in his office at the Aviation House in Ikeja, Dr Nkemakolam said that grounding of airline can be avoided if operators adhered strictly to the regulatory requirements and rules guiding the airline operations without violations.
“If there is no violation or flouting of these regulations of course, there will be no sanction. We want to eradicate the culture of impunity which some operators have penchant of taking liberty of. This has got to stop” He said the agency was planning to invite all operators and re sensitize them to adhere to regulations guiding their operations adding that once they follow all the regulatory requirements that grounding can be avoided.
On private jets owners, Dr Nkemakolam explained that there were limitations and restrictions to the use of private jets for leisure adding that anybody flying with friends should be captured in their insurance policy. “If you have a Third party insurance policy you can fly with them. However, if you don’t, you are working outside the realm of your license. You must make sure that those you intend to carry are covered”
On compliance by airlines to the Aviation Revenue Automation Programme, the acting DG said there was a high level of compliance adding that a meeting has been held between the NCAA and International Air Transport Association IATA on the process to collect the cargo taxes under the automation regime adding that the agency was tightening up loose ends.
On airline recertification, he said NCAA will soon embark on recertification of all AOCs issued pre 2009 adding that those that were issued post 2009 don need to recertification.