August 1, 2021

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Nigeria’s CAA Suspends Azman Air Operations

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Alhaji Abdulmunaf Yunusa Sarina, Chairman, Azman Air

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has suspended the operations of Azman Air, “Following series of incidents involving Azman Air Boeing 737 Aircraft”.

A statement issued by the regulatory body, NCAA, and signed by its Director General, DG, Captain Musa Shuaib Nuhu, says inter alia, “the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has pursuant to Section 35 (2) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 1.3.3.3 (A) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) 2015, suspended the operations of all the Boeing 737 Aircraft in the Fleet of Azman Air Services Limited, with effect from March 15, 2021”.

The statement further explained that “the suspension is to enable the Authority to conduct an audit of the airline to determine the root cause(s) of the incidents, and recommend corrective actions to forestall re-occurrence”.

Capt Nuhu in the statement appealed for understanding of the air travellers and the general public and “regrets the inconvenience this action may cause to the public, particularly to Azman air passengers”, he claimed.

Musa Nuhu gave the rationale for the expected outcome of the audit which ostensibly will commence today as “but the need to ensure the safety of Air Transport and protect the public interest, cannot be compromised”.

The DG reiterated that “the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority will continue to ensure compliance to its regulations in the interest of safety and will view any violation(s) seriously,” he affirmed.

The above information is expected to clear the air in respect of an earlier very tacit media statement by Azman Air, that it will shut down operations for the sake of an audit of its operations by the regulatory authority.

That statement by Azman Air has generated a flurry of questions which it could not provide satisfactory answers but merely created an un-salutary perception by the general public of the airline which had made its mark in the domestic terrain.

No doubt the need for an astute public and media relations become imminent whenever the airline would be returning to service cause of the manner suspension of its service was introduced into the public and digital media space.

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