The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority NCAA, says airplanes not airworthy are not allowed to fly in the country.
This is just as the regulatory Authority says bad news report can hinder local operators from sourcing funds from the international market to grow their operations.
All these are coming from the NCAA on the heels of media reports that airline operators may cut corners because they do not have bailout to enhance their operations due to the effects of the covid-19 on the business.
Director General, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu in a chat with newsmen says such reports could make it difficult for operators, “to assess international funds, to have good lease rate for their aircraft, their insurance premium may go up. Of course, the twisting of the comment has created an impression that Nigeria civil aviation is not safe and I don’t think you want to put your aircraft or money where the system is not safe.”
He stated that it was unfortunate that the supposed Senator quoted to have said planes would start crashing without the bailout was quoted out of context.
“I believe this statement came supposedly from the National Assembly and I want to believe there was a misquotation. I will leave it like that. Somehow, the story was twisted by whoever, for whatever to make a sensational story.”
Captain Nuhu stressed that all aircraft flying in Nigeria were safe and safe to fly.
“I can categorically say that our airplanes are safe. The airplanes that are not safe have been grounded. Some aircraft have been grounded in Nigeria for months because they are not safe and we have insisted that the operators must fix whatever issue they have before they are authorised to fly.”
The NCAA boss added, “The standard as regards airworthiness of airplanes, even I as the DG I do not have the authority to waive anything as long as it is a safety related issue. All our aircraft flying are safe.”