L-R DG NCAA Captain Musa Nuhu and GM, Public Affairs NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye at a news conference in Lagos Photo:
The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) says it has commenced full-scale financial and economy audit on all domestic airlines.
The aim, according to the NCAA is to ascertain the strength and status of the airlines in ensuring safe air operations in the country.
Captain Musa Nuhu, Director-General, NCAA, told a news conference in Lagos that the audit would be in phases.
Safety was paramount and any airline that can no longer carryout a safe operations will be shut down, Captain Nuhu said.
“Anything that affects safety there would be no compromise whatsoever. I rather shut down an airline than letting them operate unsafely,” he insisted.
“It is better we have inconvenience of passengers getting angry and saying all sorts of things than having an unfortunate accident and incident.”
Captain Nuhu assured his audience that all hands were on deck by the Ministries of Aviation, finance and the Central Bank to make available the dollars required by local airline operators.
On the soaring airfares, he promised that, given the current crisis in the industry, any airline that charged beyond the base fare would be called to order.
Talks, he maintained, were ongoing with foreign airlines who have cut down on capacity into Nigeria due to their trapped funds in the Central Bank.
According to the NCAA boss, the action of the foreign airlines cannot be condemned as the unhindered remittance of ticket sales was part of the signed Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA).
Reporting by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare and Tony Okerafor