The Director General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu has again assured that the regulatory agency is keeping strict watch on airlines compliance to safety regulations.
In an interview with newsmen in Lagos, Captain Nuhu said, they work with the airlines to see areas where they can assist to ensure continuous compliance to safety standards and recommended practices.
He however noted that, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic dealt a bad blow on the Industry making it difficult for airlines in Nigeria and globally to sustain their operations, adding that, this also exposed a lot of infractions within the system.
“Aviation is safety sensitive and whenever you have financial difficulty, it is just a matter of time, you will not be able to comply with all the regulatory requirements and some may start cutting corners. So, before financial issue becomes safety issue, we had a discussion”.
Captain Nuhu also emphasized that, the problem was further compounded with the issues of foreign exchange and Aviation fuel crisis popularly called Jet A1.
According to him, all these have increased their workload of continuous surveillance to ensure that safety margins were adhered to.
“They are trying under difficult circumstances and that increase our workload to continue the surveillance to ensure that safety and we are getting there”.
He promised that, they will not relax on their oars in their safety audits to ensure that the airlines were financially healthy to carry out a safe flight operations.