The suspension of Turkish airline from Nigeria air space for treating Nigeria’s disrespectfully has received the commendation from the Director General of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe.
He described the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) intervention as bold and courageous, adding that time has come for all foreign airlines and other service providers in Nigeria to respect and treat Nigerians decently.
Last week, NCAA after several complains from Nigerians travelling public, rolled out the hammer to suspend Turkish airline for giving Nigerians who travel with them nightmares by not flying in their luggage with them, thus infringing on the rights of Nigerian passengers who patronise the airline.
Otunba Runsewe is of the opinion that strong statements and punitive measures as rolled out by NCAA would serve as a deterrent to other airlines operating in Nigeria who only believes that Nigerians money is their prime focus and not service to the people.
“I wish to align myself with this courageous and bold statement by NCAA suspending Turkish airline from flying into Nigeria and pray that other arms of government with over sight functions over Foreign Service institutions and operators, should boldly come out to protect Nigerians from foreign organisations which must treat us with respect”.
Otunba Runsewe further stated that his agency will collaborate with other federal government institutions in Nigeria to ensure that Nigerians are protected and the culture of our people respected.
He added that his eyes would be focused on another foreign airline which the supreme court of Nigeria recently found guilty of deboarding a Nigerian student and to which the court ruled that the aircraft of that airline must be impounded if they disregard to pay relevant fines to the students and his family.
“As much as we want to see foreigners do business in Nigeria, it must be done within the ambience of law and the international best practices. I find it very sad and disturbing that most of these foreign operators would obey the laws of their lands but will come to Nigeria to take advantage of our people, so i think that time has come for us to demand that the laws of Nigeria be respected and our people given the utmost respect from the operators of these foreign airlines.
Otunba Runsewe who is also the President African region for the World Craft Council (WCC) further called for a speedy restoration and come back of our national airline in other to arrest this uncomplimentary attitude to Nigerians. He called on Nigerians to be bold to report any un-seeming attitude and lack of courtesy from any international airline operator to relevant authorities.
Consequent upon the suspension of Turkish Airlines operations into Nigeria, the Acting Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Capt. Abdullahi Sidi, met with the management of Turkish Airlines at the NCAA Office in Abuja on Friday.
At the end of the meeting, the Airline’s executives pledged to commence immediately freight of all left over passengers’ baggage in Turkey to Nigeria.
According to them, this will be achieved by instantly upgrading the Boeing 737 – 800 being used and found inadequate to a larger Airbus A 330 and Boeing 737 – 900.
The programme of clearance will be carried out from 13th to 17th December, 2019.
It will be recalled that, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) with a letter dated 11th December, 2019, with reference no. NCAA/DG/12/16/60 suspended Turkish Airlines operations into Nigeria with effect from the 16th December 2019, if the right size of aircraft is not deployed to the service of Nigerians at all airports in the country.
The Regulatory Authority expects strict compliance to this remedial programme and warns all operators to ensure Nigerians are not taken for granted by providing safe, secure and efficient service at all times.