Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt Usman Muhtar has said that despite an accident free 2014; the regulatory body will not yield to complacency and will keep improving the process to ensure safety in the industry.
He said this while speaking to the management and staff of the Authority on his policy outlook in 2015 at the aviation house premises while stating strongly that training and retraining of staff is his priority in this year 2015.
According to him, the Authority will not rest on its oars but will ensure a greater efficiency and sustenance of the robust regulation that has been the hallmark of the NCAA.
Usman said,” quite remarkably 2014 was an accident free year, however, complacency will have no place in our regulatory functions rather it will be strengthened by adequate training of staff this year.”
The DG continued by warning all operating airlines that are indebted to the Authority to commence remittance of outstanding and current payments or appropriate sanctions will be applied in full.
He thanked the management and staff of NCAA saying the 2014 accident free year was as a result of the contributions of all. On the other hand, he called for sustained and incremental efficiency in all their tasks to achieve similar feat and surpass it in 2015.
Speaking further, Usman in the same vein gave kudos to all the airline operators in Nigeria and the foreign carriers who equally ensured safety and security in their operations.
He noted that the volume of traffic is increasing, therefore he advised the operators to ensure compliance to NCAA’s safety guidelines and regulations. While the primary safety lies in the purview of the operators, the regulatory authority will continue to provide the regulatory framework that will increase their value chain.
The DG urged the operators to adhere to their maintenance schedules and train their staff to allow for symmetrical working relationship with the well trained NCAA staff.
He ended by wishing the operators well and prayed for another accident free year.