Chairman, House Committee on Aviation
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Pearl Ngwama
The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation has frowned at the deliberate withholding of levies collected on behalf of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN) by some Nigerian Airlines.
This followed a passionate appeal made by the Managing Director of the Authority, Captain Rabiu Yadudu, during an interactive session with the committee at the National Assembly on yesterday.
The Committee Chairman, Honourable Nnolim Nnaji representing Nkanu East/West Federal Constituency of Enugu Sate had summoned him to explain the rationale behind the 100 per cent increase in passenger service charge, (PSC) announced by the airports” authority in preparations for the partial lifting of domestic flights across the six geopolitical zones of the Country.
The service charges were raised from N1,000 on local flights to  N2,000 and from $50 to $100 on international routes.
The Committee though convinced that the increase in Passenger Service Charge  (PSC) was inevitable based on the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry, was however alarmed to  learn that one of the indigenous airlines was yet to remit to FAAN the sum of N13 billion collected on behalf the Authority.
The House Committee in a unanimous resolution resolved to invite the airline to come and defend the allegation even as it demanded that the management of FAAN provides it with the details of the debt profile of the affected airlines latest by TuesdayJuly 7,2020.
Nnaji who described the attitude of some indigenous airlines as regrettable assured FAAN that his Committee would look into the matter with a view to resolve it so that FAAN could carry out its statutory duties of providing world class services to air travellers unhindered.
He further pointed out that it amounted to breach of trust by some airlines if they could collect charges on behalf of the Agency and failed to remit same appropriately, noting that such practice must not be condoned!
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