From left, Minister of State for Aviation, Alhaji Hadi Sirika, Perm Sec. Ministry of Aviation, Alhaji Sabiu Zakari and Commissioner/Chief Executive Officer, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Dr. Felix Abali at a Media chat with Aviation Journalist held at Protea Hotel, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.
Aviation stakeholders host Sirika, to discuss key issues around concession
AVIATION stakeholders across the country will Friday 23 September play host to the minister of state aviation Senator Hadi Sirika in its maiden conference. A
ccording to the conference coordinator, Mr Michael Chikeka the conference which will be held at the Sheraton Hotel will help government to address key issues relating concession, galvanizing support of industries such as banks and insurance companies in process of implementation.
Chikeka said the conference aimed at identifying conflict areas and address same to ensure smooth transition of concession implementation.
“The Conference will help Industry Members with diverse opinion to understand that Concession is the way to go if the Industry is to meet International Standards.”
“This Conference will articulate the various submissions on airport privatization in the past. Such as the works of the Committee set up by past administrations one of which was led by veteran Aviator Captain Dele Ore. It will further galvanize stakeholders’ and support industries such as banks and insurance companies to identify, understand, be involved and be relevant in the airport privatization implementation process”
According to him, speakers at the event include, Senator Hadi Sirika minister of state for aviation, Dr Pat Utomi, Senator Ben Bruce, Aminu Dike, Capt Dele Ore, Dr Harold Demuren former Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA.
Look, my brother, I have travelled this airport on numerous occasions and this is the first time in years that I step out of the aircraft and feel like I am still in a lush environment. In fact I feel the same sensation as if I’m still in the aircraft and although this is quite nice, they need to maintain it so it doesn’t get bad. Maintenance is key.”
The initial findings also indicated that the bureau could not conduct drug and alcohol tests on the pilots and according to the weather report obtained from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET), the prevailing conditions were good but that the aircraft hovered to land in a brown out condition.
"In addition to the Authority oversight roles, NCAA has placed the onerous responsibility of the first line of safety on the operating airlines’ Pilot In Command of each flight and the assigned Engineer that authorized each flight. With all the various checks and counter checks put in place by NCAA combined with that of the operators, it is therefore improbable that any airline in Nigeria will operate a service with that kind of tyre.
As part of the resolutions made at the end of the meeting, operators or their representatives are to each open and fund a domiciliary account with which to effect all financial transactions with NAMA through monetary transfers to the agency’s sub-account with the CBN using a smart phone.
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