The Management of Azman Air has tendered an unreserved apology to the person of the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu, as well as the Aviation Industry in general, over a publication by the Airline that attacked the reputation and integrity of the Director General.
The statement which came shortly after the suspension of the operations of the Airline alleged that the NCAA Director General demanded a bribe of N15 million from the Airline for a publication that advertised its services.
In any case, the NCAA in a swift press release debunked the allegation saying that the advert was meant for the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO’s) Magazine and had nothing to do with its Director General.
Azman Air in a statement of apology to the Director General signed by its Accountable Manager, Muhammad Abdulmunaf, expressed that the Management of the Airline was surprised at the publication which trended widely on the social media, as it was not aware of it.
However, the statement disclosed that an-house investigation revealed that the publication emanated by some members of its staff.
According to the statement, the Airline was contacted just as other airlines in the Country, to advertise its services in (ICAO’s) Magazine for which payment was to be made but that it (Azman Air) inadvertently did not make the payment.
The statement read: “On March 21, 2021, we issued a press statement expressing our surprise and shock at a publication credited to us in which the integrity and reputation of the Director General of NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, came under attack as a result of the decision by the Regulator to suspend our operations based on safety considerations.
“In the said press release, we denied management’s knowledge and approval for such careless and unfortunate allegations made against the person of the DG but promised to conduct internal investigations as to the source/s of the allegations. We have now conducted such in-house investigations which led to accusations and counter accusations amongst our staff as to who did it. We have established that, at least, it came from one of them hence our disappointment with ourselves.
“It is true that we were contacted, just as other airlines in the country, to advertise our services in the ICAO magazine for which payment was to be made. We inadvertently failed to make this payment which however had nothing to do with the personal accounts of the DG but the publishers of the magazine.
“At the suspension of our services by the NCAA, an overzealous staff, who erroneously thought that the suspension was dictated by our failure to pay for the advert, without the knowledge and consent of management of Azman, authored the unfortunate allegations against the DG.
“We wish to unreservedly tender our apologies to both the person of Capt. Musa Nuhu and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. We state categorically that there wasn’t and, there is still, no iota of truth in the allegations which are capable of damaging the reputations of the DG and the NCAA. We equally extend our apologies to the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, for any embarrassment our actions may have caused him and the government.
“We regret every inconvenience caused the DG, NCAA, the Minister of Aviation and the aviation industry in Nigeria as a result of our publication of that falsehood. While we seek forgiveness for our actions, we promise to tighten our communication controls to avoid future embarrassing situations as this one caused by us.”