FG Sacks Directors Of NCAA

FG Sacks Directors Of NCAAAll 10 directors at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) have been removed on the orders of the Federal Government.

The announcement of their sack was confirmed by the General Manager, Public Affairs in the agency, Mr Sam Aderugboye.

Those affected by the purge include the Director of Finance and Accounts, Salawu Ozigi; Director of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards, Dr. Joyce Nkemakolam; Director of Administration, Mr Aba Ejembi, and Director of Licensing, Mr Emmanuel Ogunbami.

Others are Director of Airworthiness, Benedict Adeyileka; Director of Air Transport Regulation, Justus Wariya, and Director of Consumer Protection, Adamu Abdullahi.

Also sacked by the Federal Government were the Director of General Aviation, Ayodele Sasegbon and Director of Human Resources, Austin-Amadi Ifeanyi.

No reason was given for their removal, but the affected directors have been asked to hand over to their immediate deputies.

In October 2016, the Minister of State for Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, had announced an impending restructuring of agencies, including the NCAA and Nigerian Airspace Management Agency.

Aviation: Nigeria Retains CAT-1 Certification

Cat-1Nigeria has retained the United States Federal Aviation Administration’s category one status certification, six months after a re-audit exercise.

With this, Nigerian airlines can continue to operate direct flights into the United States of America.

The CAT-1 audit, also known as the International Aviation Safety Assessment, is a programme established by the FAA with the purpose of ensuring that all aircraft operators registered outside the US that operate to or from the country are properly licensed.

It is also to ensure that they are subject to safety oversight provided by a competent civil aviation authority.

At a press briefing in Lagos, South-West Nigeria, the Acting Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Benedict Adeyileka, said that the regulatory agency was now looking forward to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) audit which is more comprehensive.

Aviation Ministry To Revert To Original Designs Of Abuja and Lagos Airports

Lagos AirportThe Senate Committee on Aviation has directed the Ministry of Aviation to revert to the original designs for the new terminals at the Lagos and Abuja International Airports.

The committee gave the directive at a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Aviation and the Debt Management Office (DMO).

The Ministry of Aviation had altered the design of the new terminals of the airports as a result of insufficient land.

At the meeting, the Committee on Aviation also sought clarification on the $500million loan from the Chinese Exim Bank for the construction of terminals at four international airports and the $100million counterpart funding for the project.

Responding, the Director-General of the Debt Management Office, Mr Abraham Nwankwo, said that the Ministry of Aviation had secured the counterpart loan of $100million and would start the repayment plan which would span seven years.

The American Transportation Safety Administration’s Attaché for Central and West Africa, Ms. Mcneir Loretta, had visited Nigeria on a three-day working visit in April.

Mcneir’s visit was a follow-up assessment to the aviation security audit that was carried out on the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja in December 2013.

Mcneir, who is based in Senegal, commenced her programme with a courtesy call on the Acting Director-General, NCAA, Mr. Benedict Adeyileka.

She also met with the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Mr. Saleh Dunoma, before visiting the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Dr. Jamilla Shu’ara.

Understanding Nigeria Aviation Reforms

The Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, said on Wednesday that the aviation industry is anticipating a passenger volume of 15 to 20 million by the year 2020.

The Minister said Nigeria, after China and Japan, ranked in terms of passenger volume and is expected to keep growing at a rate of nine to 10 per cent annually.

Ms. Oduah said that aviation policies must be tailored to address the contemporary socio-economic development of the government; adding that the revised National Civil Aviation Policy, NCAP, would be responsive and adaptable to new safety, security and technology dynamics of the global aviation industry.

She said this included the strengthening of the existing regulatory framework and facilitating the growth of domestic airlines, the setting up of the National Carrier, and the development of aerotropoli.

In this interview on Channels Television’s weekend programme, Sunrise, the Director Airworthiness Standards in the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Benedict Adeyileka and a Development Consultant, Emeka Okengwu examine the impact of the aviation reforms on the Nigerian economy.