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NCAA boss embarks on debt recovery, unveils ease of doing business agenda



The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) told airline operators that it would henceforth adopt a no pay, no service stance for growth of the sector.

Newly-appointed Acting Director-General, Capt. Chris Najomo, said this during an interactive session with aviation unions and newsmen at NCAA annex office in Lagos.

He was accompanied by top directors of the agency.

Najomo explained that huge debt was being owed the authority, hence its new approach to debt recovery.

While making a slide presentation of his vision tagged “NCAA Project 2024”, Najomo said his administration was committed to ease of doing business principles that would encourage growth of the aviation industry.

“A debt recovery Joint Task force shall be mandated to implement the cost recovery drive.

“All debtors to NCAA shall seize to receive services from the Authority. Operation no pay, no service; strict sanctions for defaulting operators,” he said.

He said the cardinal focus of NCAA project 2024 would deal with simplifying certification and licensing processes, enhanced surveillance and intensified consumer protection.

“Capt. Chris Najomo wants a situation whereby you come and do business with ease.

“NCAA is committed to implementing a simplified certification/licensing system to streamline the approval process. This will be extended to other authorisations, approvals and permits.

“This is a derivative of the ease-of-doing-business philosophy toward encouraging growth of the aviation industry,” he said.

The NCAA boss also explained plans for achieving ISO 9001 certification, improving aviation stakeholders’ satisfaction and meeting all statutory and regulatory requirements.

“We are not only protecting the airlines, we are also protecting the passengers,” Najomo said.

Speaking on consumer protection, he said regulations would be enforced, ensuring airlines provide timely care for passengers.

He said that consumers would also receive quality service and their rights always protected.

Najomo also explained strategies for achieving enhanced surveillance; ICT digital transformation Epic and change management; staff welfare and training, amongst others.

While taking questions from newsmen, he explained measures against vandalism to boost airport infrastructure, Universal Safety Programme (USAP) audit and compliance to other international laws.

Najomo, who oversees the activities of airlines, service providers and aviation training institutions, called for media and NCAA staff support.

He called for positive criticism, urging the media to guide against misinformation and misinformation.


Aviation sector to benefit from RIDF



Aviation is set to be part of key economic drivers that will benefit from President Bola Tinubu’s proposed Renewed Hope Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF).

In a statement by Ajuri Ngelale, the fund targets strategic sectors like agriculture, transportation, ports,  energy, healthcare, and education along with aviation.

The initiative plans to inject funds into vital national projects to foster growth, bolster local value addition, generate jobs, and spur innovation.

Efficient use of low-interest loans and financing options will secure advantageous arrangements for project financing and operation.

The focus on aviation enhancement involves modernising major airports nationwide with targeted investments and infrastructure upgrades.

The statement reads, “On aviation enhancement, the focus is on the revitalization and modernization of major airports nationwide. Through targeted investments and infrastructure upgrades, major airports will undergo comprehensive refurbishment, including improvement in terminal facilities, runway expansions, and the implementation of cutting-edge technologies to enhance safety and operational efficiency.”

For agricultural infrastructure, the focus includes developing robust networks like storage facilities and irrigation systems.

In port revitalisation, the goal is to modernise facilities and attract investments to enhance Nigeria’s regional trade hub status.

“By modernizing port facilities and implementing advanced monitoring systems, the goal is to optimize efficiency, attract investments, and bolster Nigeria’s position as a regional trade hub,” the statement read.

Key road projects like Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road aim to enhance connectivity and stimulate economic growth.

Rail projects like Lagos-Kano and Eastern lines will modernise transportation networks for speed and reliability.

President Tinubu’s approval of the RHIDF absorbs the PIDF, expediting project delivery for Nigerians’ benefit.

Projects funded under the RHIDF will have a national spread, reflecting the commitment to equitable development.

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ICAO Aviation security audit team debriefs Nigeria, indicates strong outing



The Team Lead of ICAO Security Audit Programme, Callum Vine, announced Nigeria’s strong performance during a debrief after its Audit.

Nigeria recently concluded the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Security Audit Programme the continuous Monitoring Approach (USAP-CMA) according to a statement emanating from Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, FAAN, Obiageli Orah.

The USAP-CMA aims to improve aviation security compliance by analysing Member States’ performance and implementation of security standards. It focuses on Annex 17: Security Standards and Annex 9: facilitation compliance, along with associated procedures and security practices.

The event held at NCAA Headquarters saw Vine praise Nigeria’s robust policies and agencies, acknowledging their speed in addressing identified deficiencies without complaints.

He mentioned that the full audit report would be available within 60 days, followed by a 30-day period for comments.

FAAN’s Managing Director, Mrs. Olubunmi Kuku, affirmed using the audit results as a roadmap for continuous improvement.

She urged stakeholders to collaborate closely, share best practices, and uphold the highest security standards in the industry.

The debrief was attended by Dr. Emmanuel Meribole, representing the Minister, and Captain Chris Najomo, Acting Director General of NCAA.

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Arik Air receives Best Sustainable Airline Company award



Arik Air has bagged the award for  Best Sustainable Airline of the Year,  2024 by the World Quality Alliance and Quality Standards Journal.

The airline’s Public Relations and Communications Manager, Mr Adebanji Ola, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos.

Ola said the award was presented to the airline at the National Quality Summit 2024 held on March 22 in Abuja.

According to Ola, the Award General Committee of the National Quality Order of Merit, said the award was meant to celebrate leadership innovations and creativity in quality management.

Ola noted that Dr Ovie Shaka, Vice Chairman, Organising Committee of the National Quality Order of Merit Awards 2024, explained that the award was aimed at identifying, recognising and rewarding companies.

“The award also aims at rewarding personalities and products that apply quality assurance culture and quality management best practices.”

He said the award was presented by Stanley Ohenhen, on behalf of the Organising Committee and received by Arik Air’s Director of Safety, Capt. Jide Bakare.

Ola quoted Arik Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Capt. Roy Ilegbodu, as saying that the award is another testament of the airline’s fastidious adherence to operational safety standards.

Ilegbodu said Arik Air was committed to continual improvement of the management system and operational performance.

Recall that Arik Air also won the 2023  Best In-flight Service Airline by the Nigerian Aviation (NIGAV) Award.

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