Nigeria is at the edge of other missteps with so many calls and pronouncements from politicians on aviation activity control even as the regulator, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), remains strong and more effective in its functions. WOLE SHADARE writes
Global aviation bodies lend voices
Sometimes in June 2021, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to maintain the critical separation between politics and aviation safety issues.
Even, the global aviation regulatory body, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), has maintained the same stance.
According to IATA, the clearing house for over 290 global airlines, “aviation safety and regulation must never be politicised.”
IATA had condemned the actions of the Belarus Government and called for an independent investigation, adding that banning European aircraft from using Belarusian airspace with a safety directive was also a politicisation of aviation safety.
The group described the action and much other political interference in safety matters as retrograde and disappointing development.
No where is political interference more manifest than a recent pronouncement from the House of Representatives, a bunch of politicians, on how best the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) should run its activities in the name of ‘oversight’ functions.
The pronouncement from them, last week, brings the sector back to the Dark Age where NCAA was a rubber stamp of many politicians who influence not only regulatory duties, but chose who becomes anything in the aviation sector.
To further highlight their power over regulatory functions, NCAA was told not to issue Air Operators’ Certificate (AOC) to the Nigeria Eagle Airline being
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As we continue to grow out of the pandemic, this partnership represents yet another extremely important step on our recovery runway, and we hope to deliver more commitments like this to our customers in the very near future.”
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