Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has mapped out a four-point agenda to ensure seamless operations in 2017. These areas include sustaining zero accident in aviation, reviewing and strengthening economic regulation, improving consumer protection and a continuous prioritisation of training for the industry.
Muhtar Usman, director-general of the agency, who spoke with reporters in Lagos yesterday, said it was sustaining zero accidents through an increase in safety oversight, wider and more regular surveillance, and stringent enforcement of regulation as well as appropriate sanctions to apply. These agenda, he said, are all in the bid to continually ensure safety and security of the country’s airports.
In reviewing and strengthening economic regulation, the NCAA will ensure that the regulations are much more far-reaching, Usman said, stating that airlines operational books will be cited with increased regularity.
The director-general talked on the area of improved consumer protection, noting that its Consumer Protection Department would be highly motivated as well as be visible at the airports and would work with security agencies to stem passengers’ rage, which had become a new phenomenon in airports due to the high level of airline disappointments, and also resolve complaints arising faster.
On continuous prioritisation of training, he said training remained a key project of the NCAA, as all staff must be trained locally or foreign, where applicable to accelerate next generation of professionals and cement the industry replacement for ageing.
On the closure of the Abuja runway and NCAA’s culpability in not carrying out its regulatory function before the ministry stepped in to shut the runway he said, “NCAA is a regulatory agency, we have the airport operator and our role is to ensure that the airport operates on a safe manner.
“If the operator applies that they want to fix the airport in view of the bad runway over the years, the runway has deteriorated to the level it can no longer do a spot repair and the damage has become extensive and so you have to close down the runway.”