By Adegboyega Oni
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has described the year 2019 as a safe flight operations year.
NCAA during the year had threatened to revoke operation certificates of operators caught engaging in unauthorized charter service. It also issued warning to pilots to fly safely during the harmattan period. All these among measures were measures and warnings put in place by NCAA to ensure compliance to safe flights by operators.
Mr. Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Affairs, NCAA, disclosed this in a chat with PortNews in Lagos while reviewing the activities of the organization in 2019.
‘’We increased on our oversight activities and applied sanctions as appropriate etc,’’ he said.
Despite refusing to rate the performance of the organization, Adurogboye however gave a pass mark to the organization, saying ‘’however rating the authority is better done by others. If we are to rate self, I will give NCAA a pass mark. First, it was a safe flight operations year.’’
He noted that the organization gave priority to trainings as permitted by its budget in the year, assuring that more trainings of manpower will be given adequate attention in the year 2020.
‘’We were able to carry out some levels of trainings as permitted by budget. In 2020, more attentions shall be given to manpower trainings of the workforce,’’ according to him.
In the area of investment, Mr. Adurogboye noted that in 2019 the organization received more applications from investors to float new airlines. He maintained that three licenses were granted as some were still undergoing processing.
He enjoined stakeholders – airlines operators, pilots etc – to comply with the air flight regulations to make the year 2020 a safe flight operations one.