The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has concluded plans to clamp down on airlines that have made it duty to covert the regulatory body’s mandatory 5% Ticket Sales Charge (TSA).
The NCAA boss, Captain Muhtar Usman made this known hours ago at the maiden interaction of all the public relations/information managers of all the parastatals and agencies in the aviation industry.
The TSA is a charge on tickets made to passenger for the agencies collected in trust by the NCAA and shared among the organisation, Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) as well as the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET).
This monies are charged to passengers and collected by airlines to be remitted to the custodians, NCAA for accurate percentile disbursement this is till any of the agency is privatised when it shall stop receiving from part of the fund.
However, these monies are not being remitted by some airlines who have owed the government hundreds of millions over the years and the CAA intends to stamp the full hammer on such airlines.
The authority said that it will be part of the name and shame game by complementing its position with paid advertorial in five national newspapers as final warning to consistent
He said, “We are now ready to commence recrimination of the debtor airlines according
to the provision of the law.”
He was however miffed by rumour going round circulated by debtors about the fund
“I wish to use this opportunity to correct a serious misconception been sold to the public by some airlines. NCAA has reports that some airlines are purporting the 5% Ticket Sales Charge is being paid to us from their earnings. This they say is adversely affecting their operations.”
“This is absolutely false and a misrepresentation. The Ticket Sales Charge is content charged in the ticket sold to passengers. The airlines role is to collect and remit to the regulatory authority.”
“Let me again refer to section 12 (1) of the Civil Aviation Act.2006 which says that “there shall continue to be a 5% air ticket contract, charter and cargo sales charge to be collected by the airlines and paid over to the Authority.”
The NCAA boss said that the regulators will continue to progressively strengthen its oversight responsibilities to entrench safe and secure air transportation in the country.
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