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'Use of Privately Licensed Aircraft for Commercial Purpose is Fraudulent'

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Image: DG Nominee for  NCAA, Captain Folayele Akinkuotu

May.03, 2013


The nominee for the office of Director-General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Folayele Akinkuotu, yesterday condemned in strong terms, the use of private aircraft for commercial purposes, describing it as fraudulent and out of tune with professional practice.

Akinkuotu who also submitted that politics must absolutely be separated from professionalism in aviation sector, explained that permit for operations of aircraft in Nigeria should not be politically-motivated but should rather be defined by a strict sense of professionalism. "Permits for aircraft should not be for political reasons, it must be based on professionalism”, he insisted.

According to him, 60 per cent of air accidents are caused by human errors as he insisted that if the industry must conform with best practices, relevant government agencies must guarantee the existence of qualified technical personnel, surveillance, compliance and enforcement.

Akinkuotu who made this submission while undergoing screening from members of the Senate Committee on Aviation, threatened that operators of such airplanes would be penalised. The nominee who was drilled by the committee for over four hours, insisted that if the nation’s aviation industry must be effective, right persons must be recruited as instructors.

On the issue of revenue generation in NCAA, the nominee advocated the establishment of a system where money could be withdrawn at source on behalf of the agency instead of leaving it in the hands of a third party as he disclosed that information at his disposal showed that NCAA was being owed as high as N11 billion, a situation which he said could be redeemed by the existence of this system. ‘’We should capture the money at source as airlines pay electronically’’, he said.


Article Credit: Thisday Newspaper

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