Safety: NCAA expresses concern over airlines problems, begins financial audit

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The Director General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu says, the current challenges bedeviling the airline business is of grave concern to the regulatory agency.

This just as he promised that, safety is 100% for the Authority and it would do everything as stipulated in the regulations to safeguard it come what may.

In a chat with newsmen in Lagos, Capt. Nuhu said to ensure that domestic airlines have the wherewithall to operate safely in the country, it is currently carrying out a financial and economy audit of the airlines to make sure they can embark on flights without compromising safety.

He said, the audit would be done in batches and if there are issues discovered, they would sit with the management, discuss the problems and proffer solutions on how to address any gap discovered.

“Air transport is the favorite of many and we will do our best to ensure safety in this challenging times, safety supersedes everything”. 

Capt. Nuhu also noted that, the problems of the airlines, high price and scarcity of aviation fuel and dollars to run their operations are not taken lightly, assuring that, the Minister of aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika and his counterpart in the Ministry of Finance, the CBN were working round the clock to make forex available to them.

“They are working to ensure that aviation has a special window to deal with this situation, efforts are being made and we are concerned”.

He emphasized that, the problems airlines were facing are not within the purview of the NCAA adding that, there was a crisis and efforts were on to get solutions.

“We will call for a meeting with the airlines to discuss all these problems Many people call us the policeman of the Industry but we are not policemen, we are partners in progress”.

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