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Nigeria’s CAA Enjoys None Interference in Its Oversight Functions- Capt Musa Nuhu

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Capt Musa Shuaib Nuhu, Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, under the present dispensation has enjoyed unfettered autonomy in its regulatory functions in all its ramifications.

The Director-General, NCAA, Capt Musa Shuaib Nuhu, made the revelation at the first African Business Aviation Association, AfBAA, Speaker Webinar which was hosted in London by Mr Nick Fadugba, President, AfBAA, who assembled panellists from nearly all the continents of the world.

Capt Nuhu in affirming his statement cited that the regulatory authority had enjoy enough freedom as statutorily expected from it in its oversight duties.

The NCAA helmsman further said that, “as regards the issue of NCAA autonomy, since I resumed as DG, as far as the implementation and enforcement of regulatory functions, the Authority has been independent without any interference either from the government or political forces”

These statements were the DG’s response to the views expressed by Mr Bernard Bankole, the immediate past President, National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies, NANTA.

Mr Bernard Bankole had expressed worries over what he termed as a lack of freehand for the regulatory authority to operate without being teleguided by anyone or by any government ministry.

Mr Nick Fadugba, President, African Business Aviation Association, AFBAA.

The epileptic network impaired the reception of the DG from Abuja, but the organizers of the webinar reached him with the question and Capt Nuhu provided a written response.
To further corroborate the lack of interference in its oversight duties, the DG stated that, “NCAA has grounded several operating aircraft of the powerful and rich until they complied with regulatory requirements”.

In this commentary, there are pieces of evidence of strict and firm sanction meted especially to airlines as regards the airworthiness of some equipment.

The DG also revealed that government-owned aircraft found short of expectation he said was dealt with in accordance to the part of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations, NCARs, it infringed.

He stated that “currently, a government-owned aircraft has been grounded by NCAA. Such actions are not possible where the Authority is not independent,” Nuhu said.

Mr Bankole Bernard, Former President, NANTA.

The President of the African Business Aviation Association, AfBAA, Mr Nick Fadugba, who moderated the event elicited some commitments from the DG in respect of given more attention to General and Business aviation in Nigeria.

Capt Nuhu also acknowledged that General aviation had not been given the deserved attention in Nigeria, but promised to cause good riddance to that neglect.

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