FG issues altimatum to airlines to automate their remittance/payment system

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……to end indebtedness to agencies

The Federal Government has given airlines operating in the country till January 1, 2017 to automate their remittance / payment systems to prevent their indebtedness to aviation agencies as failure to comply will attract appropriate sanctions.

The remittance is money accruing from the 5 per cent Ticket Sales Charge/Cargo Sales Charge (TSC/CSC) to the agencies

The ultimatum is contained in a statement signed by the General Manager, Public Relations of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Mr. Sam Adurogboye

Mr. Adurogboye stated that the automation system was introduced to ensure transparency, accurate billing and prompt payments of charges due from the airlines to the NCAA in line with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations(NCARs) 2015.

He noted that the directive is being handed down after due consultations with the airlines and other stakeholders on the desirability of the operators to join the automation platform for the collection of 5 per cent TSC/CSC on the airlines operations.

The spokesman for NCAA, said the agency in as much as it was not the plan of the authority to regulate any airline out of existence, it would not tolerate non remittance of its dues again as such a conducted would be viewed seriously.

To buttress his point, Adurogboye cited the NCARs 2015, which states that “All domestic and international airlines operating in Nigeria shall forward to the Authority through an electronic platform provided by the Authority, all relevant documents such as flown coupons, passenger or cargo manifest, air way bills, load sheets, clients’ service invoices and other documents necessary for accurate billing within forty – eight (48) hours after each flight”.

He pointed out that this directive has the full backing of the Federal Government for full implementation and strict compliance.

He added that with this directive airlines are requested to join the platform on or before January 1, 2017 or face appropriate sanctions in event of failure.

In addition, NCAA added that operators are further mandated to work with First Bank of Nigeria FBN / AVITECH (FG approved NCAA Consultant on the automation) for the purpose of immediate implementation.

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