From left Mrs Carol Adekotujo, AGM PR, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA; Captain Elisha Bahago, Director, Operations, Licensing and Training Standard, NCAA; Captain Musa Nuhu, DG/CEO, NCAA and Mr Olusegun Koiki, Chairman, League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents at an interactive meeting between LAAC members and DG, NCAA in Lagos on Monday
The director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Capt Musa Nuhu, has disclosed that the domestication of the training of some its technical personnel as a result of Covid 19 pandemic is saving the country huge foreign exchange which could have been spent abroad paying fees.
Speaking during a press briefing at the NCAA regional office in Lagos, Capt Nuhu stated that by domesticating the training, the NCAA is complying with the local content directive of the federal government.
He said the courses will run for about 18months by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO certified instructors.
Nuhu stated further that the NCAA headquarters in Abuja is about 95 percent completed as the staff are staying in a temporary office pending the completion.
The NCAA DG said the authority will maintain other regional offices in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Kano and Enugu depending on the level of activities there.
He said Lagos will remain the major regional office because it is the Nigerian centre of aviation.
The NCAA boss noted that the ministry has gotten approval to review the condition of service for its technical staff so as to attract and retain them in the authority.
He observed that the NCAA will train the safety inspectors and the next thing, they are taken away by other organisations with a better pay package.
On relationship with airlines, Nuhu said the NCAA has a cordial relationship with the airlines, both domestic and foreign.
The DG added that there may be one complaint here and there, but the relationship is very cordial.
He pointed out that nobody in NCAA has the power to ground any operator for any reason except the DG.
On the 5percent Ticket Sales Charge, he said most of the airlines have integrated into its system, while one or two are in the process of integrating into their system.
Nuhu maintained that the authority and the airline are doing reconciliation meetings to reconcile the actual debt of the airlines.
The DG explained that the NCAA is working with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN on the re-certification of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja and Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja.
He explained further the NCAA is also working with the management of FAAN to close all identified gaps.
He pointed out that the authority is also working with FAAN for the initial certification of other international airports across the country as soon as possible.
On the implementation of the new tariff for ground handlers, the NCAA boss said that it was done after consultative meeting with all the stakeholders which include both local and foreign airlines.
He said the new tariff is being implemented as agreed by the stakeholders.