By Seun Ibiyemi
Appropriate regulation, media support and inter-agency cooperation are some of the factors that have motivated the aviation agencies and the supervising ministry to work really hard in achieving zero accident in the commercial aviation category in the last five years.
The above was the submission of the Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) , Capt Musa Nuhu while speaking yesterday at the opening ceremony of the annual training programme of the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria. Capt Nuhu was represented by the General Manager (ASI) , Kaduna Regional General, NCAA, Engr MK Sani at the opening ceremony held yesterday.He said the development is against the background of consistent successes in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Recertification, various International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Audits and the Transport Security Administration (TSA) approvals.
Stating that the milestone is an industry feat and not only NCAA, the DG also pointed out that other agencies similarly, deserve commendation for their roles in the zero accident run. Emphasising on the achievement, Nuhu also stated that the airline operators in Nigeria have taken self regulation of their operations a notch higher and much more seriously, adding that, this is due to increased awareness, quality staff and additional investment in training. Promising a bright future for the industry, he said “It is clear there is no utopian situation in any human endeavour, NCAA, the I and the airline operators will definitely continue to improve on noticeable grey areas in the industry. Let me use this opportunity to mention that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) clocked 20 years this January, 2020”.
Appreciating staff and other stakeholders, He said “Once again, I wish to express the appreciation of the management and staff of the Authority to all of you including all those who are no longer on the beat” . ”In this journey, the Authority has had seven substantive Director Generals and three on acting capacities. The history of the organisationcannot be written without the laudable contributions of our heroes. ”After this training, it is expected that there will be continuous improvement in the approach and reportage of the industry. It is my humble view that there should be a paradigm shift from approvals to developmental journalism”.
In his remark, Rector/chief executive officer of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, Captain Abdulsalami Mohammed corroborated Nuhu”s position, stating, that the reason for the success of zero accidents rates in Nigerian the past five years has been the awareness for the need for training and retraining. Capt Abdulsaami underscored the importance of ensuring that invisible infrastructure (Human capital) is trained adequately so it can compliment physical infrastructure.
Abdulsalami who declared open the LAAC training programme said. “Training is very important in whatever line of business you are doing and one of the successes of zero accident rates that the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) mentioned can be attributed to training and retraining of personnel.
”Airlines, governments spend a lot of money on equipment and infrastructure but a lot of them will not want to spend money on those who use these infrastructure. We have what is referred to as invisible infrastructure that is human capital and if you don’t have well-trained invisible infrastructure, whatever you do in the physical infrastructure will not be that important,’ Captain Abdulsalami said.