The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has reportedly sanctioned four scheduled and non-scheduled airlines for violating regulations as outlined by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NigCARs).
According to the statement released by Sam Adurogboye, the General Manager, Public Affairs of NCAA, an inspection carried out by Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) on the airline operators found them not abiding by the airline authority’s regulations.
The NCAA sanctioned the airlines for several reasons including non-implementing training programmes of maintenance personnel as required, deliberate violation of the regulations, irregularities concerning helicopter flight identification, conducting maintenance programmes without approval and using outdated manual. The airlines have been fined between N1.5million and N2million each for the violations, reported The Punch.
Notably, one of the operators who was found involved in the deliberate violation of the regulations had its Air Operators’ Certificate (AOC) suspended for 180 days. It currently remains unknown as to which airline’s AOC was suspended as the regulatory body refused to announce its name.
The NCAA statement ensured that the affected personnel in question in the employment of one of the Airlines were trained immediately. Adurogboye went on to reassure stakeholders that the airline regulatory body would keep ensuring that Standard Operating Procedures [SOPs] are strictly followed in future.
“NCAA wishes to re-assure all stakeholders that it will continue to ensure that Standard Operating Procedures [SOPs] are strictly followed. The Authority expects strict compliance with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority’s Regulations in the future and violations will be viewed seriously”, the statement added.
In related news, the National Union of Air Transport Employees and the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria have threatened to cease work by January 2, if the demand for the promotion of their members in the NCAA is not met. The employee union is protesting against the employment of people from other organizations to head some senior staff in NCAA.