Reps raise concern over planned resignation of NCAA senior staff over alleged Nigeria Air pressure  

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Chairman, of the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Nnolim Nnaji has cautioned against actions that might undermine the authority of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

He expressed concern about the brewing threats of mass resignations among the critical personnel of the authority which according to him could lead to severe consequences in the oversight capabilities of the regulatory agency.

Sirika

“I understand that some senior personnel of the authority are threatening to turn in their resignation letters over claims of pressure on NCAA from the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika to grant waivers to the proposed Nigeria Air.

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“It is a well-acknowledged fact that the Minister has a passionate desire to deliver a national carrier to Nigerians but if the project could not materialise under him it shouldn’t be a do-or-die affair.

“Government is a continuum. Whatever he could not accomplish, the next government or the next minister after him will take over. I believe that any good projects he could not finish his predecessor will not abandon them so long as they will add value to the industry” He stressed.

He also cautioned the Minister to exercise restraints and allow the promoters of Nigeria Air to undergo the whole processes and procedures for approvals of Air Transport Licence   (ATOL,) and Air Operator’s Certificate, (AOC).

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Nnaji reminded the minister that at the last meeting with the House Committee on Aviation, he pledged to submit the Proposed Airline’s Final Business Case  (FBC) which would give details of all the investors and their shares but he never did to date.

He stressed that the whole idea of Nigeria Air did not have the backing of the parliament because all the contentious issues raised by the legislature regarding the project remained unresolved.

Nnaji also observed that there were grave fear and panic in the industry at the moment over sack gale and urged the minister to douse the tension by coming out clean on what he planned to do.

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Nnaji who represents Nkanu East/West Federal Constituency of Enugu State further noted that the industry remained a very sensitive and fragile sector that should be devoid of apprehension and trepidation in every respect.

Wole Shadare