By Lawani Mikairu
Sanctions await airlines as Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA’s final ultimatum, after series of shifts, for airlines operating in Nigeria to automate their remittance of the statutory 5% Ticket Sales and Cargo Sales Charge, TSC/CSC, to the aviation agencies ends today .
With the expiration of this final warning, it is expected that all airlines that are yet to adhere to the automation and remit collected revenue to NCAA should comply forthwith. Failure to comply will be viewed seriously as the Authority will invoke the necessary provisions of the law against defaulting airline.
The agencies, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, NAMA and Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NiMET, who are the beneficiaries of this 5% charges remittance have been embroiled in legal battle with the airlines over failure to remit the money.
Confirming the expiration of the ultimatum yesterday, Mr Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Relation, NCAA, said; “The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, final ultimatum to the airlines to automate their remittance of the statutory 5% TSC/CSC ends on Friday-31 March, 2017.
“The Authority had shifted the January 31 2017 ultimatum to March ending at the instance of the Airlines Operators of Nigeria, AON, at their earlier meeting with the Director General, Capt. Muhtar Usman and his team at the Aviation House.
“The introduction of the Aviation Revenue Automation Project, ARAP, for revenue collection is to aid data integrity, transparency, transaction accountability, controls and revenue assurance to the Authority.’’
Adurogboye also said the TSC/CSC is an Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, to NCAA and other agencies as enshrined in the Civil Aviation Act 2006 and not a tax or levy on the airlines, and not charge paid by passengers for services rendered towards the development of Aviation Industry in Nigeria.
He further said “The decision to collect the charges by the airlines was mooted by the operators and unanimously agreed upon at the 2001 Civil Policy Review with the sole aim to enhance passengers’ facilitation.”