The Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu has promised the continued implementation of its statutory responsibilities and duties to retain the confidence of the flying public
This is just as he again emphasized that, the operations of Dana air will remain grounded until all the identified issues have been resolved in compliance with Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs).
Captain Musa Nuhu who stated this in an interview with aviation journalists in Lagos, re-affirmed its commitment to ensure the continued sustenance of safe and secure flight operations of the nation’s aviation industry.
He said, investigations were still ongoing into the operations of the suspended Dana Air and the NCAA had carried out a Financial and Economic Health Audit in addition to Technical Safety Audit of the airline.
According to him, the outcome of the two audits revealed a weak financial position and grave violations Nig.CARs which prompted he immediate suspension of the airline’s Air Transport License (ATL) and Air Operators Certificate (AOC).
The NCAA boss pointed out that, the details of these investigations and proactive action had shown the professionalism of the apex regulatory agency.
“The detailed report of the two audits on DANA showed the determination of the Authority’s staff in ensuring that the safety and security of flights is foremost and overrides all other considerations”.
He encouraged industry experts to seek clarification from the Authority on the matter in order to make informed and balanced comments as the NCAA is open to informed criticisms geared towards improving the industry.
The operations of Dana Air was suspended indefinitely by the NCAA in July due to the outcome of a Financial and Economic Health Audit and a Technical Safety Audit carried out on the airline’s flight operations.
The audits according to NCAA that, the airline was no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations and to conduct safe flight operations, adding that its action was made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b) and (4) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 220.127.116.11(a)(1) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015.