ART ADVISES FG AGAINST PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT

Round Table,(ART),a professional group made up of chief executives of various companies has urged the Federal Government to provide a level playing field as it works towards establishing a national carrier.

In a communiqué at the end of its Quarterly Breakfast meeting held on June 14 at Gulfview Hotel G.R.A. Ikeja,Lagos,ART indicated that equal opportunity is essential to enable the Nigeria’s aviation industry thrive.

Minister of State,Aviation,Senator Hadi Sirika had told the nation that the proposed national airline would come on stream before the end of 2018.The defunct national carrier,Nigeria Airways was said to be unduly protected by the government.

On data gathering,It admonished increased inter-agency relationship to avoid future conflicting figures in passenger,ticket sales and other necessary statistics,noting”NCAA should improve on economic regulation of the industry and review upwards the two-aircraft AOC condition for the establishment airlines.”

“. Aviation agencies should conduct a study on the role of owner-manager syndrome in the collapse of local airlines over the years, with a view to addressing it.”

.”  Agencies with technical shortfalls are advised to explore training opportunities in  various fields  as aviation waits for nobody. These organisations  are also encouraged to look inwards where human capacity is insufficient in  line with the various Executive Orders on local content”.

“The Nigerian judiciary should be notified on the  implications of issuing court rulings that defy the Cape Town Protocol, an international agreement to which Nigeria is signatory.”

“. As NCAA issues licenses for operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), there is a need to go beyond just licensing and putting measures in place to avoid incidence of drone jacking.”

“ FAAN should expedite the repair of night landing facilities of runway 18 left as a matter of urgent concern while they were also challenged to address the seeming mis-communication between it’s marshallers and pilots in command.”

“ The government should  as a matter of urgency and critical safety concern address the shortfall in Air Traffic Controllers and  Engineers.”

“ The ministry  of transport under whose purview the agencies  operate  a consolidated  passenger statistics and ticket sales figure should re-evaluate  the figures presented to the public due to the large differential when compared to figures given by independent  bodies such as FOS & NANTA. These figures are used for planning, attract investors and often times used for the  assessment of industry performance,   so we must get it right.”

“ The AIB  is commended for improved technical training, equipment optimisation,international collaboration and the gradual release of accident reports; they are enjoined to go further by pushing for the implementation of  safety directives as stated in some of these reports.”