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New Nigerian Airline To Begin Operations
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New Nigerian Airline To Begin Operations

Nigeria’s air transport is set to experience a revolution as a proposed low-cost carrier – Green Africa Airways – is set to commence operations. It has already reached the final stage of certification. Regulatory sources hinted that promoters of the carrier are putting finishing touches to secure the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), a mandatory regulatory prerequisite before any scheduled carrier could take off. Sources hinted that commencement of flight operations by Green Africa Airways promises to reshape the aviation industry with its state-of-the-art aircraft. Despite the ongoing pandemic, industry analysts agree that the long-term potential in the aviation market remains vibrant. Experts say the right business model, ...
NCAA Cautions Pilots, Others Over Adverse Weather In Nigerian Airports
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NCAA Cautions Pilots, Others Over Adverse Weather In Nigerian Airports

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued Advisory Circular to caution Pilots, Airline Operators and others on severe dust haze/fog phenomenon prevalent in Nigerian airports. This adverse weather condition expected occurrence is to subsist from October in the far North; November over the North Central; and December over the Southern part of the country. In addition, early morning fog may also be experienced in the months ahead especially along the coastal areas in the South. With the issuance of this circular signed by the Director General, Capt Musa Nuhu, the NCAA-AEROMET-29 of August 2020 is accordingly cancelled. This weather advisory circular is necessary to bring forth the evolving weather information to the attention of all stakeholders who need to perform ...
FG Adds Emirates To List Of Banned Airlines
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FG Adds Emirates To List Of Banned Airlines

The federal government has withdrawn the approval granted to Emirates to conduct international flight operations in the country. Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, disclosed this via a post on his Twitter handle on Friday. The ban will take effect on September 21, 2020. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had, in a memo earlier in September, included Emirates in the list of approved airlines for international flights for both Abuja and Lagos airports. But the minister said the decision to reverse the approval was taken after a meeting of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 with European Union ambassadors on Friday. Sirika also said there were discussions on the ban on Lufthansa and Air France-KLM. “The PTF sub committee met today with EU Ambassadors t...
Crashed Bell Helicopter Declared Non-Airworthy 3 Years Ago, Owners Tricked NCAA
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Crashed Bell Helicopter Declared Non-Airworthy 3 Years Ago, Owners Tricked NCAA

A Bell 206-B3 helicopter with registration number 5N-BQW, which crashed on Salvation Road, Opebi, Lagos State, on Friday, was declared non-airworthy three years ago, SaharaReporters can report. The helicopter crashed with three persons onboard. While two crew members died on the spot, the third person earlier rescued and taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, later died. Documents seen by SaharaReporters showed that the crashed helicopter was declared non-airworthy in 2017 by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. The aircraft was also used in the past by different Nigerian airline operators to dupe NCAA into issuing them Air Operators’ Certificates. The AOC, which authorises an operator to carry out specific commercial air transport operations, i...
Domestic and International Flights Remain Suspended- NCAA
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Domestic and International Flights Remain Suspended- NCAA

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA says Domestic and International flights in the country remain suspended. The flights were banned as part of measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria. Recall that on June 1, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 advised the aviation authorities to come up with new guidelines for the operations of domestic flights on or before June 21. Many Nigerians had taken it to mean that domestic flights will resume operation on June 21. The taskforce however came out later to clarify that the June 21 date was for the submission of new guidelines and not the resumption of domestic flights. However, a statement released by the NCAA on Saturday, June 20, states that domestic and International flights remain suspended for now. Only e...
Ministerial Order: FAAN, Other Aviation Agencies Begin Relocation To Abuja
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Ministerial Order: FAAN, Other Aviation Agencies Begin Relocation To Abuja

Despite misgivings and protest, aviation agencies have started relocating to Abuja in compliance with the 45-day deadline given by the Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika. Sirika had, in a letter dated 4th May 2020 FMA/PMD/7061/T/4 and signed by the Director, Human Resource Management, Alhaji Mohammad Shehu, ordered all agencies based in Lagos to relocate to Abuja. The agencies are: Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB). Stakeholders had rejected the proposal which they said was not realistic. They said Lagos remains the centre of aviation and relocation of the bureaucracy could slow down activities in the sector. As the 45 days elapsed...
NCAA Reveals the Five Airports to be Reopened for Operations by June 21
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NCAA Reveals the Five Airports to be Reopened for Operations by June 21

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has said that only five airports will be allowed to open for domestic flights effective from June 21, 2020. A circular signed by the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu stated that the airports to reopen for operations include Omagwa International Airport Port Harcourt, Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja, Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, Sam Mbakwe Airport Owerri, and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Kano. The circular added that the Nigerian Airspace remains closed for International flights. The circular in part reads ''Following the announcement by President Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on the easing of and the start of second phase on the COVID-19 lockdown...
Senate Confirms Captain Nuhu as Director-General of NCAA
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Senate Confirms Captain Nuhu as Director-General of NCAA

The nomination of Captain Musa Shuaibu Nuhu as the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has been confirmed by the Nigerian Senate. Nuhu was confirmed by the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday February 18, following a report from the Senate Committee on Aviation which screened him. The committee’s chairman, Senator Smart Adeyemi (Kogi West) who presented the report said the nominee has the prerequisite knowledge and there was no petition against his nomination.
FG Suspends Turkish Airlines Operations In Nigeria
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FG Suspends Turkish Airlines Operations In Nigeria

The Federal Government has ordered Turkish Airlines to suspend its operations into Nigeria due to repeated cases of poor passenger treatment by the international carrier. It gave the directive through the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority , directing the airline to suspend its operations until it was ready to operate with the right size of aircraft that could transport all passengers with their baggage at the same time . It was gathered that the government ’s directive came as a result of recent cases in which the airline failed to bring in passengers into Nigeria together with their checked -in baggage . In a letter to the airline by the acting Director -General, NCAA , Capt . Abdullahi Sidi , which was made available by the Federal Ministry of Aviation in Abuja on Thursday , the ...
Nigerian Government Suspends Dana Air
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Nigerian Government Suspends Dana Air

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has banned the operations of Dana Air by suspending its operating license. NCAA’s spokesperson, Sam Adurogboye, announced the suspension in a statement Wednesday. Mr. Adurogboye explained that the suspension order commenced on Wednesday. According to him, the suspension was carried out to pave way for an investigation on the airline. He explained that Dana Air had already complied with the order. DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the suspension is coming on the heels of an earlier resolution of the Senate’s directive to the NCAA to ban the airline from flying in the Nigerian airspace. A Dana Air aircraft carrying 153 people crashed in Lagos on June 3, 2012, killing everybody aboard and 6 on ground.
NCAA Issues Ebola Alert To Airlines, Calls For Vigilance
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NCAA Issues Ebola Alert To Airlines, Calls For Vigilance

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued warning to airlines over the resurgence of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). This followed the World Health Organization (WHO’s) declaration of Ebola outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Consequently, the NCAA directed all operators, especially airlines operating regional and international flights into the country, to exercise a high level of vigilance. Spokesman of the NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye said the directive was contained in a letter signed by the NCAA Director General, Capt. Muhtar Usman to all airline operators. In the letter, NCAA directed airlines’ Pilots in Command (PIC) to report to Air Traffic Control (ATC) any suspected case of communicable disease on board their flight in line...
Aviation Authority Investigates Helicopter’s Landing On Benin-Ore Highway
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Aviation Authority Investigates Helicopter’s Landing On Benin-Ore Highway

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) says it has begun a full-scale investigation to ascertain the viral video of the helicopter that landed on the Benin-Ore Expressway on Sunday. The General Manager, Public Affairs, NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, confirmed the development in a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a video had gone viral on social media of a high profile individual who was picked up by a helicopter after being stuck in traffic for hours. Mr Adurogboye said initial reports indicated that the helicopter was owned by Tropical Arctic Logistics Ltd, with registration number 5N – BVQ while the aircraft type was AW139. “The pilot was compelled to land between Benin and Ore in an unscheduled diversion to pick up someone. ...
Pilot Flying With Expired Medical Certificate Loses Licence In Nigeria
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Pilot Flying With Expired Medical Certificate Loses Licence In Nigeria

A pilot who flew for six consecutive months with an expired medical certificate got his Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL) revoked by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). The identity of the pilot and the airline he flew for was not disclosed by NCAA. The pilot flew between November 2018 to May 2019 without a valid medical certificate. A statement by the General Manager, Public Affairs, NCAA said: “Specifically, the pilot’s medical certificate commenced validity from 17th July, 2017 and expired on the 16th January, 2018. Another one was processed on 11th May 2018 which expired on the 10th November, 2018. “However, investigation has revealed that instead of the pilot revalidating his medical certificate he conducted flight operations as the pilot-in-command (PIC)...
Divine Oduduru Qualifies for NCAA Championships in US
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Divine Oduduru Qualifies for NCAA Championships in US

Nigeria’s fastest runner in 2019, Divine Oduduru has qualified for the finals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA outdoor championships. The event is slate to hold between June 5-8 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. Oduduru, the fastest collegian this year in the men’s 100m and 200m, had an easy progress in both events. For clocking 10.06 in the 100m to finish second overall behind Cravon Gillespie, who recorded 10.01 and 10.03, Oduduru secured his spot in the final come June. Oduduru then placed second overall in the 200m with 20.08 behind Texas Tech teammate Andrew Hudson (20.04). The duo later teamed up to win the 4x100m in 39.00, just 0.03 ahead of an Oregon squad that featured Gillespie on the second leg. A flurry of speedy sprint performances hea...
Aviation Unions To Disrupt Flight Activities, Declare Indefinite Strike
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Aviation Unions To Disrupt Flight Activities, Declare Indefinite Strike

The Aviation unions made up of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) and the National Association of Air Transport Pilots and Employees (NAAPE), have declared an indefinite strike that will take effect from tomorrow, Wednesday May 22nd. This means flight activities in all airports will be disrupted, Igbere Tv reports. The unions in a joint statement released and made available to Igbere Tv, said the strike is coming after the expiration of an earlier seven days ultimatum it issued to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) over failure to meet their demands. Following the industrial action, flight activities will be disrupted. The s...
NCAA Cautions Pilots, Airlines Over Imminent Adverse Weather
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NCAA Cautions Pilots, Airlines Over Imminent Adverse Weather

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) yesterday warned pilots and airline operators to be wary of weather changes and their adverse effects on flight operations.The regulator, in an Advisory Circular issued to pilots and airlines, alerted the operators of imminent thunderstorms during the rainy season. General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, said the circular was sequel to the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET)’s Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) for 2019. NIMET has predicted that rainy season would begin in earnest in March/April and May/June 2019 in the Southern and Northern parts of the country, which is usually accompanied by turbulence. This, according to experts, is in addition to microburst, low-level wind share and sometimes events that could ...
Boeing 737 Max Banned In Nigeria, Says Aviation Minister
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Boeing 737 Max Banned In Nigeria, Says Aviation Minister

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said that the Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 is banned in Nigeria. He said that no operator would be allowed to fly the aircraft into or out of the country. The aviation minister stated this on Wednesday to journalists after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. His statement comes after Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed on Sunday morning en route from Addis to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew believed to be on board. The Federal Government had on Monday reiterated its stands that air travellers in the country have no reason to worry about the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft as none is operational in Nigeria. According to the aviation minister, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has issued the necessary advi...
No Boeing 737 Max 8 Flying In Nigerian Airspace, Says NCAA
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No Boeing 737 Max 8 Flying In Nigerian Airspace, Says NCAA

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) gave assurance on Tuesday on the state of aircraft flying in the country’s airspace. The NCAA said there was no cause for worry as no Boeing 747 Max 8 is presently in operation in the country. Its spokesman, Sam Adurogboye disclosed this in a statement. He assured the flying public of their safety, stating that there is no cause for alarm. He said : ” Presently, the accident aircraft type, Boeing 737 Max 8 is not in operation in the Country. “However, the Authority, in line with its Safety Oversight mandate enshrined in the Civil Aviation Act 2006, is consciously monitoring the development (s) with a view to take the necessary steps that will enhance the safety of all aircraft in operation within the Nigerian airspace.” Rec...
Celebrating one of Nigeria’s Athletics icons, Deji Aliu
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Celebrating one of Nigeria’s Athletics icons, Deji Aliu

21st of February, 2019, marked the 20th anniversary of DejiAliu’s 60m National Record, and his 50m African Record. Considering that we are still in the indoor season (at least for athletes based abroad), I felt it would be worthwhile to dedicate today’s column to Aliu who is one of only eight men from Nigeria to have ever run under 10sec in the men’s 100m. He is also ranked the 6th fastest Nigerian in the 200m on the all-time list. Aliu belongs to the distinguished class of Nigerian athletes who made the country proud during their days and gave the sport their all. He rose through the ranks, emerging World Junior Champion in the men’s 100m at the World U20 Championships in Portugal in 1994, and won a Silver medal in the 200m as well. Five years later, he performed the outstanding fea...
NCAA Fines, Suspends Airlines for 180 Days Over Violations Of NCARs
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NCAA Fines, Suspends Airlines for 180 Days Over Violations Of NCARs

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, weekend said it has sanctioned four airline operators for various degrees of violations of Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations, NCARs. The airlines, which were not named by the regulator, include both scheduled and non-scheduled operators. Kano  Confirming the sanctions, the General Manager, Public Affairs, NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye said during “on the spot inspection carried out by NCAA Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) on those operators, a number of deficiencies, including non implementation of training programmes of maintenance personnel as required, irregularities concerning helicopter flight identification, deliberate violation of the regulations, performing maintenance programme without necessary approval and using outdated manual were di...
FAAN Begins Certification Of Four Airports
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FAAN Begins Certification Of Four Airports

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it has begun the process of certifying the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kaduna International Airport, Port-Harcourt International Airport and Akanu Ibiam International Airports, Enugu. This is coming on the heel of a similar exercise carried out in 2017 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The Managing Director of FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma, made this known on Tuesday at the Gateway Forum organised by the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) in Lagos. Dunoma said that FAAN was carrying out the certification process in collaboration with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). He said that the exercise would be completed by the middle of 2...
Aviation Unions Delighted With Nigeria’s Retention Of CAT 1 Status
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Aviation Unions Delighted With Nigeria’s Retention Of CAT 1 Status

Aviation unions on Wednesday commended the efforts of the Civil Aviation Authorities for the country’s retention of its Category One (CAT 1) status after another audit in the industry. The unions are: the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE). The National President, ATSSSAN, Mr Ahmadu Ilitrus and the General Secretary, NUATE, Mr Olayinka Abioye, spoke with newsmen in Lagos. The retention of Category 1 status follows a successful re-certification audit conducted on the nation’s aviation facilities by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A letter from the FAA Administrator, Mr Dan Elwell, was formally delivered to the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, by the Direct...
Analysis: Dana Air’s Many Troubles And Aviation Regulation In Nigeria
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Analysis: Dana Air’s Many Troubles And Aviation Regulation In Nigeria

On Tuesday, 49 people escaped death as a Dana aircraft overshot the runway at the Port Harcourt Airport, after it touched down. An aircraft is said to have overshot the runway when it moves beyond the specified point due to over speeding or its inability to stop. But the aircraft, which left Abuja for the Rivers State Capital, skidded off the runway due to what the airline described as heavy rainfall in Port Harcourt. Dana Air already blamed the problem on the weather condition, same as the airport authority, FAAN, even before a formal investigation was conducted. The incident recorded no casualty and the passengers were reportedly evacuated safely out of the aircraft. The development drew the ire of many Nigerians, who attributed the incidence to lapses in the regulation of...
PAHCOL Suspends Operations At Lagos, Abuja Airports
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PAHCOL Suspends Operations At Lagos, Abuja Airports

Four days after reports accused Menzies Aviation of carrying out illegal ground handling operations at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, the company said it had suspended ground handling work at the Lagos and Abuja Airports. Menzies was last week accused of carrying out the ground handling operations with its partners, Precision Aviation Handling Company Limited (PAHCOL) and Aviation Handling Services (AHS) International. Sam Oluwole, Director AHS, said the company would suspend ground handling work at the airports until it regularised its documentation with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Oluwole also debunked claims of illegal operations, citing the misunderstanding of the agreement it had with Menzies by its competitors who, he said, were jittery over the...
NCAA, Air Peace Bicker Over Burglary Incident At Lagos Airport
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NCAA, Air Peace Bicker Over Burglary Incident At Lagos Airport

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has spoken on the burglary attempt on the cargo compartment of an Abuja-bound Air Peace aircraft on Runway 18R of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. Spokesman for NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, in a statement yesterday, faulted the pilot’s assertion of burglars attacking his aircraft cargo compartment, saying a review of all the reports from relevant agencies at the Lagos airport had led to the conclusion that the theft incident on the aircraft was unfounded. “The NCAA came to the conclusion that the Runway 18R burglary report is unproven, largely unsubstantiated and therefore should be discountenanced,” Adurogboye said. However, in a swift reaction, the spokesman for Air Peace, Mr. Chris Iwarah, accused the NCAA of trying to cover-up the ...
Nigeria Committed To Single African Air Transport Market – Hadi Sirika
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Nigeria Committed To Single African Air Transport Market – Hadi Sirika

The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, says Nigeria is committed to the full implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), which will be inaugurated on Friday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. SAATM, is a flagship project of the African Union Agenda 2063, an initiative of the AU, to create a single unified air transport market in Africa, the liberalisation of civil aviation in Africa and as an impetus to the Continent’s economic integration agenda. Sirika gave the assurance on Tuesday at a sensitisation workshop on SAATM in Lagos. The workshop which has as theme: “SAATM Implementation: It’s Impact on the Nigerian Aviation Industry and National Economy,” was organised by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Sirika, who was represented by the ...
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Airlines To Save $90m On Local Aircraft Maintenance

Nigeria is set to save millions of dollars by improving the country’s capacity in aircraft maintenance, the Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said. Local maintenance capacity for aircraft, the minister said, will not only address huge capital flight, but will create jobs for teeming indigenous professionals. Speaking at the weekend during the unveiling of Aero Contractors Maintenances Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility in Lagos, Sirika said the centre will save the country at least $90 million from about 30 Boeing aircraft on domestic carriers’ fleet. According to Sirika, the roll out of Aerocontractors 737-500 aircraft from the hangar after a successful completion of C-Check has changed the the airline’s narrative. C-check is a detailed maintenance check where the ...
Reps Summon Adeosun, Ngige, Others Over Non Remittances Of Workers Compensation To NSITF
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Reps Summon Adeosun, Ngige, Others Over Non Remittances Of Workers Compensation To NSITF

The House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on non-remittance of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund contributions by the Federal, State and Local Government on Monday summoned the Finance Minister; Kemi Adeosun, Budget and Planning Minister; Senator Udoma Udoma and Minister of Labour and Employment; Chris Ngige. Others to appear alongside the ministers, at 3pm today, are the Director-General Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, Accountant General of the Federation, Idris Ahmed. The Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. Chukwuka Onyeama who chaired the committee said it has become expedient and also compelling to invite the ministers and top government functionaries whom he described as key to the probe to make a presentation and clear grey areas. He explained that their information ...
NCAA Grants Aero Contractors Right To Maintain Aircraft In Nigeria
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NCAA Grants Aero Contractors Right To Maintain Aircraft In Nigeria

Respite may have come the way of the country’s domestic airlines as one of the airlines, Aero Contractors has received certification from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to handle C-Checks on Boeing B737-300, B737-400 and B737-509 at the the airline’s terminal. Following the development, domestic airlines will be able to save over $48 million spent on offshore maintenance of 24 Boeing 737 classics on their fleet in view of the approval. In his reaction, the Managing Director of the airline, Captain Ado Sanusi said the approval to the airline for its Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) to carry out major maintenance otherwise known as C-check will save the country millions of dollars annually. According to Sanusi, with 24 Boeing 737 classic aircraft on the fleet of...
FAAN, NiMet Get International Certification – Minister
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FAAN, NiMet Get International Certification – Minister

Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has received international certification for Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, from Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). The Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, while receiving the certification of FAAN and Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) in Abuja on Tuesday, said both certificates were huge achievements toward security and safety in the aviation sector. He said that Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, was the first international Airport in Nigeria to meet the requirement by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and NCAA regulations. “This is indeed a huge achievement as far as we are concerned, Mr President had told us to secure this country and manage it, therefore, inline with ...
FirstNation Speaks On Downgrade By Aviation Agencies
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FirstNation Speaks On Downgrade By Aviation Agencies

FirstNation Airways said on Tuesday it will go back to scheduled services by the fourth quarter of 2017. A statement signed by Rasheed Yusuf said the airline is currently pursuing a fleet expansion programme. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, had on Monday downscaled the Certificate of Airworthiness of the airline as a scheduled operator to a non-scheduled operator over alleged violation of safety procedures. But the statement, Tuesday, said the airline’s airworthiness status has not been downgraded, adding that it has only renewed its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) for charter services. “Our Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) fell due for renewal on July 31st, 2017, this is the third successful renewal that we have achieved working in good faith with regulatory auth...
First Nation Airways Down Graded To Operate Only Charter Operations
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First Nation Airways Down Graded To Operate Only Charter Operations

First Nation Airways Certificate of Airworthiness, AOC, has been down graded to non-schedule service, which is charter service, by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, as the airline has been operating only one aircraft in the last one year. According to the regulatory authority, the airline can only return to scheduled service after meeting the requirement of at least two aircraft. This development was disclosed yesterday by Capt. Muhtar Usman, the Director-General, NCAA, at the agency’s headquarters at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, MMA, Lagos. Usman explained that the airline had downscale its operations from schedule operator to non-schedule, saying “that the status would remain so until it improved its aircraft fleet to at least two and would have to meet the requireme...
Executive Orders: Aviation Agencies Streamline Operations, Update Websites
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Executive Orders: Aviation Agencies Streamline Operations, Update Websites

Aviation agencies at the Lagos airport have complied with the Executive Orders given by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo by streamlining their operations and updating their websites, among others. Our correspondent observed that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency have included the requirements, conditions and procedures for doing business with them, especially in the area of procurement, on their websites. These agencies and others, which operate at airports across the country, including the Nigeria Police, Directorate of State Security, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Customs Services, have streamlined their activities at the Murtala Muhammed Internati...
Nigeria’s Private Jet Owners Spend N30bn On Maintenance Annually
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Nigeria’s Private Jet Owners Spend N30bn On Maintenance Annually

As the number of private jet owners in Nigeria continues to decrease due to economic recession, the remaining 50 per cent who still own the luxury items now spend about N30 billion on maintenance annually,EYES OF LAGOS checks have revealed. It was gathered that the remaining 100 owners of private jets in the country spend between $500,000 to $1 million to maintain their jets annually, translating to N30.5 billion. Our finding showed that the number of owners of the luxury items dropped from 200 to between 50 and100, with most of them who are out of the league either selling out their private jets or returning them to their original owners abroad. Before the present government came into power, it was estimated that Nigeria had about 200 private jets owned by individuals. With the Presid...
NCAA Cautions Ethiopian Airlines On Deportation Charges
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NCAA Cautions Ethiopian Airlines On Deportation Charges

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has ordered Ethiopian Airlines (ET) to stop collection of what the airline called “refundable deportation fee”, saying such fees are unauthorised by the agency. According to NCAA, these unauthorised charges referred to as “Refundedable Deportation Fee” are put at between $75 and $150 per passenger. In an official statement issued yesterday signed by the agency’s General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye, NCAA disclosed that all South Africa bound passengers on Ethiopian Airlines are compelled to pay this amount before boarding. The statement made available to EYES OF LAGOS stated that the Authority has been inundated with several complaints from many passengers that have suffered this fate. “According to investigation by NCAA, all outb...
Buhari Makes New Appointments For FAAN, NCAA, NAMA, Rural Electrification Agency
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Buhari Makes New Appointments For FAAN, NCAA, NAMA, Rural Electrification Agency

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Engr. Saleh Dunoma as the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). The President also confirmed the appointments of Captain Mukhtar Usman as the Director-General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and Captain Fola C. Akinkotu as the Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) respectively. A statement issued by the Director (Press), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bolaji Adebiyi, said the appointments take immediate effect. President Buhari also approved the appointment of a new Board and Executive Management for Rural Electrification Agency. According to the statement, the Chairman of the Board is Engr. Umaru Maza Maza, whi...
The Abuja-kaduna Airports: A Testimony – Reuben Abati
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The Abuja-kaduna Airports: A Testimony – Reuben Abati

I have just returned from Abuja travelling through the Kaduna airport. As we disembarked from the aircraft and moved towards the arrival section, I could hear an announcement being made. The diction of the announcer was clear. She didn’t sound like those On-Air-Personalities (OAP, they are called) who speak as if they have hot water on their tongues. Airport continuity announcers in Nigeria tend to imitate these OAPs. This has been for me a great source of irritation. The last time I travelled from Lagos to Abuja, for example, I missed my flight because I just could not figure out what was being said. I was stranded because someone chose to speak fake English. The electronic boards at Nigerian airports where they are available, are unreliable and so, you invariably have to rely on those...
Kaduna Airport Records 43,000 Passengers In First 11 Days
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Kaduna Airport Records 43,000 Passengers In First 11 Days

More than 43,000 passengers passed through the Kaduna Airport in itsfirst 11 days of operations as the alternative to the Abuja Airport, according to the latest data submitted to the Presidency by the Federal Government Coordinating Committee overseeing the management of the airport repair, closure and relocation. A presidency official disclosed that this is more than the 41,000 passengers it recorded in the entire first quarter of 2015, and the 21,000 in the first quarter of 2016. Also, during this period, about 10,000 passengers took advantage of the free bus shuttle organised by the federal government to transport passengers between the Abuja and Kaduna airports. The free bus shuttle conveys passengers between Abuja and Kaduna airports, starting at the Abuja airport at 6 o’clo...
Dana Air To Review Aib’s Full Reports On Ill-fated Crash
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Dana Air To Review Aib’s Full Reports On Ill-fated Crash

Dana Air has disclosed that the airline would review all the safety recommendations prescribed in the full report of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) that was made public on Monday. Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, the airline’s Communications Manager, stated this in a statement issued to newsmen in Lagos on Monday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the AIB Commissioner, Mr Akin Olateru, on Monday presented the final reports on the Dana crash and three other serious incidents. NAN reports that the Boeing MD-83 aircraft with registration number 5N-RAM which was going to Lagos from Abuja crashed in the densely-populated Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State. The plane crashed into a two-storey building at Iju-Ishaga, killing all 153 passengers on board, including six crew. There were also...
Airlines At Kaduna Airport Insist On Cash Payment
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Airlines At Kaduna Airport Insist On Cash Payment

Passengers stranded, lack access to ATM, PoS, BDC Air passengers plying the Kaduna International Airport (KIA) are facing fresh hurdles as airlines operating at the aerodrome are insisting on only cash transaction. The newly refurbished airport, which also serves as an alternative to the closed Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, is currentlyoperat without Automated Teller Machines (ATM), Point of Sale (PoS) and Bureau de Change (BDC) outlets to serve international passengers especially. Some passengers without cash to buy tickets or prior booking arrangements are left stranded at the airport. The development is coming at a time the Federal Government is working to ensure a seamless transition, as the airport is the only route to connect the Federal Capital Territo...
FG Okays Closure Of Abuja Airport Midnight March 7
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FG Okays Closure Of Abuja Airport Midnight March 7

ABUJA—The Federal Government has approved the temporary closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, with effect from midnight of March 7 to pave way for rehabilitation of the runway for six weeks. Managing Director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, who announced this, yesterday, said the airport would be re-opened for operations on April 19, 2017. Dunoma stated further that due to the temporary closure, Kaduna Airport, which had been upgraded to international status, would serve as the alternate from March 8 till the completion of the rehabilitation. He said: “Normal operations will re-commence at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on the 19th April, 2017. “The Authority has put in place necessary facilities that will ensure the safe...
FG Appoints 5 New Directors, General Manager For NCAA
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FG Appoints 5 New Directors, General Manager For NCAA

The Federal Government has approved the appointment of five new Directors and one General Manager for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). The new directors and their designations are as follows:- Group Captain Edem Oyo-Ita (Director of Air Transport Regulations, DATR). Ahmed Abbas Sanusi (Director, Human Resources and Administration, DHR & ADMIN). Bilikisu Adamu Sani, (Director of Finance and Accounts, DFA). Odunowo Tayyib Adetunji (Director of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards, DAAS). Engr.Ita Awak, (Director of Airworthiness Standards, DAWS). Lawrence Mathew Kwajok, (General Manager, Air Navigational Standards,ANS) According to a statement by General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye, all appointments are with immediate effect. Prompt News recall...
FG Sacks All NCAA Directors
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FG Sacks All NCAA Directors

The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Transport , on Friday approved the sack of all the directors in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority with immediate effect . The General Manager , Public Relations, NCAA , Mr Sam Adurogboye , confirmed the development, saying “ It is true that the directors have been disengaged but I don ’ t have details of the reasons given for the action by the ministry . ” A total of 10 directors were sacked after the approval was given to the ministry by the government . The directors affected by the purge were Alhaji Salawu Ozigi (Director of Finance and Accounts ) , Dr Joyce Nkemakolam (Director of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards ) , Mr Aba Ejembi ( Director of Administration) and Mr Emmanuel Ogunbami ( Director of Licensing) . Others were Mr ...