The House of Representatives has mandated its Standing Committee on Aviation to investigate the activities of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the Nigerian Airspace Management Authority (NAMA) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) with a view to ascertaining the extent to which they carry out their responsibilities of ensuring the airworthiness of aircrafts operating within the country’s airspace.
The House also urged NAMA to ensure that there is regular updates of the weather conditions for the departure of airlines and ensure that airline operators do not schedule flights for periods where air transportation is unsafe.
The resolutions of the House followed the adoption of a motion tagged: “Need for Regulatory Authorities to Conduct Routine Checks on the State of Aircrafts Operating in the Nigerian Airspace and Make Public the Reports” sponsored by Hon. Sergius Ogun at plenary yesterday.
While moving the motion, the lawmaker noted that with the regulatory agencies and the range of functions they are mandated to carry out, the frequency of air crashes in the country call to question the expertise and competence of the regulators.
“Laws such as the Montreal Convention, 1999, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulation, 2012 make ample provisions to compensate victims of air crashes for loss of lives and injuries, but such provisions are incapable of replacing the lost lives;
“If a thorough investigation of the activities of airline operators are carried out with a view to ascertaining the airworthiness of aircrafts operating in the country, it will help in no small measure to minimise the frequency of air crashes in Nigeria and also significantly improve the ratings of the Nigerian Aviation sector globally,” Ogun said.
Source : Leadership