NON-COMPLIANCE to rules and regulations in the aviation industry has been linked to some of the challenges bedeviling the nation’s aviation industry.
Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Capt. Folayele Akinkuotu made the disclosure TueSday in Lagos at a forum.
Akinkuotu insisted that the country’s aviation sector has enough laws to safeguard the sector, but noted that the challenge with the industry was compliance to the laid down rules by players in the industry.
He however said that NCAA as a regulator of players and organisations in the sector, would ensure full compliance to the standards and recommended practises of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
The NCAA chief stated these in his opening remarks at a two-day seminar on Aviation Law organised for judges and other stakeholders by NCAA in collaboration with the Socio Economic Rights Initiative (SERI).
According to him, the importance of the seminar was to further enlighten judges and lawyers on the intricacies of aviation industry practises, saying once issues are brought to them on aviation, they would be able to know how to handle such cases without violating the international set rules.
He opined that the seminar would provide the result that would propel the sector forward and noted that aviation industry as international business without domestic standards, requires standard legal framework to function properly.
His words: “When I wanted to take over this job as the helmsman in the agency, I was asked what the problems were in the sector. My candid response was that we have enough laws, but what we need is compliance.
“If we comply, we will have a very safe environment despite the changes in the laws. I beg all of us to comply with the laws. If we comply, we will have a better and a safer society”.
“Aviation in the world-over strives to maintains and surpasses standards of ICAO. The NCAA is the apex autonomous authority saddled with the regulations of civil aviation in Nigeria. NCAA functions and responsibilities are provided for in the Civil Aviation Act 2006.
“Our primary job is promotion and enforcement of safety in the sector with the compliance of the eight critical elements as being promoted by ICAO.”
Also speakinga at the event, Justice Chima Nweze of the Appeal Court, Lagos,said that the seminar would further broaden the knowledge of the participants about aviation practises in the globe.
He appealed to participants to seize the opportunity offered by the seminar to know more rules and regulations in the industry, saying that this would make their jobs easier.