By Lawani Mikairu
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, yesterday assured air travellers that no airline, whether domestic or international, will be allowed to operate in Nigeria without adequate insurance cover, and possessing other relevant safety certificates.
This assurance is coming on the heels of recent warning by Lloyds of London, the world’s leading insurance market, that it might be forced to blacklist Nigerian airline operators due to continued failure of some operators to fulfill their obligations of paying their premiums to the insurer regularly.
According to Mr Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs), 18.11.2 stipulates that no person shall operate any aircraft in public air transport category without adequate and valid insurance.
He added that contrary to some claims in the social media, it is inconceivable for any carrier/flight crew to carry out any flight operation (private or commercial) without valid or all requisite safety certificates.
NCAA also warned industry stakeholders to avoid anti-competitive practices in the aviation sector, saying it is concerned over recent cases of disinformation prevalent in the industry.
Adurogboye said: “It is unfathomable that some questionable sources have been posting and circulating some cruelly fictitious stories about some airlines – insinuating a crash or claiming a particular carrier does not possess aircraft spares to sustain a safe operation using the online platform.
“The Authority only recently carried out a safety audit on Arik Air and there were no issue of safety concern found. Such reports should therefore be discountenanced.
“All those involved in this nefarious activity should promptly desist from this acts as the consequences is detrimental to the industry, particularly the confidence of the passengers.
“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is well aware of the high volume of passenger movement within the country and from the diaspora during the Yuletide season.
“NCAA’s Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) have therefore embarked on increased surveillance on Airline operations in addition to our daily ramp inspection diligently carried out so as not to leave room for anyone to cut corners.”