By Tony Nwanne
In a continued effort to keep the Nigeria airspace safe, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has reiterated its commitment to intensified surveillance of the domestic carriers.
The regulatory agency maintained that the plan was prompted to ensure that airlines do not compromise safety and security standard in flight operations due to the prevailing economic recession.
The Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Muhtar Usman has allayed fears of air travellers over the weekend over possible accident, especially during the yuletide, stressing that the Authority has intensified the monitoring of activities of the operators.
Usman, who spoke to newsmen in Lagos noted that NCAA has sanctioned some airlines and pilots recently when they strayed from the rules and disclosed that the NCAA while supporting the operators in every way possible, would ensure they do not compromise standards.
According to the agency, forex challenges, paucity of aviation fuel and high cost of maintenance have constituted a big hurdle for Nigerian carriers, so there is fear they may cut corners, especially as there is significant reduction in passenger traffic, which means less revenue.
“One of the major components of the regulatory agency is surveillance and we have intensified that; especially since this recession started, to ensure that all operators are abiding by the provisions of safety and security regulations and in the areas of enforcement and compliance, we have done a lot,’’ he said.