NCAA DG commends airline operators over investments

Captain Muhtar Usman, NCAA Director General

FAAN adopts PPP – MD

By Gboyega Oni

Director General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Captain Muhtar Usman has admitted that it is very tough to do business in the nation’s aviation industry and therefore commended airline operators for their commitment and continued investments.

Captain Usman gave the commendation to the airline operators at the 22nd Annual Seminar and Awards organised by the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) in Lagos on Thursday July 19, 2018, at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja Lagos.

Represented by the Director of Consumer Protection, Alhaji Adamu Abdullahi, the Director General noted that NCAA was cooperating with the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) to iron out issues relating to consumers’ interest and investors in the industry.

He noted that the problems facing airline operators have to be identified and necessary support must be given to them, saying ‘’we have to start thinking out of box on problems our operators are facing. When they are doing well, we are doing well too.’’

However, the NCAA boss appealed to aviation reporters to report the industry positively and eschew negative reports about the industry.

Also speaking, the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engineer Saleh Dunoma said that FAAN has taken the idea of Public Private Partnership (PPP) into cognisance in solving many infrastructural deficits in the nation’s airports.

He assured that all the terminals including car parks, hotels in the ports would be connected to facilitate connectivity and seamless transportation.

According to him, ‘’PPP is the way forward.’’

Speaking, the Acting Managing Director of SAHCOL, Mr. Basil Agboarumi said that a lot of seminars had been held in the industry and solutions proffered without any implementation. He noted that the industry needs to go to the next level which is implementation, saying that Nigeria can learn a lot from Singapore just as IATA and others are learning from Singapore.

”We talk a lot but no implementation. My worry is that decisions arrived at at this seminar may not be implemented. We can learn from Singapore just as IATA is learning from them. It is pathetic that what we learn won’t be practicalised in the country. The industry has to go to the next level,” he submitted.

Earlier in his address, the Chairman of LAAC Mr. Olusegun Koiki said the essence of the seminar, titled: Financing Aviation Development Through Private Sector Partnership, was to bring stakeholders both government and private investors together to proffer solution to infrastructural decays in the industry.

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