The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has inaugurated a joint audit committee on all aviation fuel activities in Nigeria.
The committee is being set up against the recent discoveries of fuel contamination in the aircraft tanks of some airlines about three months ago, in particular, that of Max Air fuel contamination in Yola that has generated a lot of attention in the country and all over the world.
Inaugurating the committee today, the Director General, Civil Aviation, DGCA, Captain Musa Nuhu said, the committee’s mandate is to identify all the root causes, proffer solutions and recommendations that would improve the level of safety in the aviation industry in Nigeria.
Captain Nuhu represented by the Director Operations, Licensing and Training Standards, NCAA, Captain Ibrahim Dambazau said, the Terms of Reference (TOR) had been clearly spelt out that would see the committee members tour the country to ensure compliance with all regulatory and safety requirements.
“Considering the gravity of the situation and the seriousness that the Authority is pursuing this matter, the Authority have set up a joint committee and mandated the committee to conduct a wholistic review and audit all fuelers, fueling facilities and equipment from the initial source of the fuel to the point of fueling into the aircraft”.
He disclosed that the collaboration with the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, NMPDRA had yielded positive results so far and had led to the identification of all non licensed fuelers and those with expired license in Nigeria and that all their activities have been suspended in the airport in Nigeria.
According to him, an All Operators Letter (AOL) has been issued mandating all Operators to comply with all requirements for fueling as approved as the Authority had also heightened its surveillance to ensure complete and full compliance.
The DGCA, assured the public and the world at large that the Nigerian aviation industry and its skies are safe as the NCAA has always been thorough in granting approvals in addition to its oversight responsibilities to ensure the highest level of safety.
“Nigenans should be rest assured that the recommendations from this committee would be fully implemented in the interest of the public and safe air travel in Nigeria”.
Members of the committee are drawn from from the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau,NSIB, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria,FAAN, Department of State Security, DSS, the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMPDRA and the Association of fuel Marketers in Nigeria.