The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced that the Authority and airline operators have amicably worked out a payment plan to clear the enormous debt the latter owe NCAA.
Director General of the NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, disclosed this Wednesday, at the visit of the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation to the Authority, which came for their oversight function of the Industry.
He also announced that said that between now and 2024, NCAA will be developing all its regional offices providing adequate training and manpower to ensure that it provides its services in every of the Country.
While expressing some of the immediate needs of NCAA Nuhu said the Agency understands the difficulty brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and will therefore institute a payment plan that will be favourable to both parties.
He noted the need to develop the regional offices to reduce the cumbersome nature of regulation and ensure its gets to the operators.
“We are empowering five regional offices to ensure the job in smaller areas get done and they do not have to refer to Lagos or Abuja. It brings regulation closer to the operators outside Lagos and Abuja opening more regional offices in the far reaches of the Country.
“Already Port Harcourt takes care of the South East and South-South buyer are looking at opening a regional office in Enugu for the South East. We are looking at another one in either Maiduguri or Yola for the North East, Ilorin for the Middle-Belt and Uyo or Calabar for the South-South.
The Director General also explained that training for the inspectors and other regulatory staff are key to the agency and that the NCAA was competing for manpower especially pilots and engineers with airlines that pay better.
Nuhu however said it was key because these inspectors with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) needed more training to be better or r par with the trends in the Industry so they can do their job better and that the only way to retain these pilots and engineers was to make the remuneration nearly at par with the airlines to keep them.
Reacting, the Chairman House Committee on Aviation, Hon. Nnolim Nnaji said the House was on its oversight function and would look at what the NCAA has done and intends to do with what had been allocated and would be allocated to them.
He also commended the NCAA for a job well done especially during the peak of the pandemic and how it handled it.