The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) applied no fewer than 90 sanctions from October 2014 to December 2017, affecting airlines, Aircraft Maintenance Organizations (AMO), cockpit and cabin crew as well as engineers.
NCAA’s Director General, Capt. Usman Mukhar disclosed this during the Aviation Round Table (ART) Q2 2018 Quarterly Business Breakfast Meeting held yesterday in Lagos, with theme, Evaluation of Safety & Security Performance of Aviation Agencies In The Last Four Years.
Mukhar, represented by the Director of Consumer Protection, Alhaji Adamu Abdullahi, said the 90 sanctions applied included sanctions against 15 pilots, 5 cabin crew, 4 engineers, a private security firm, four (4) Aircraft Maintenance Organizations (AMO) and five (5) airlines. He however noted that sanctioning was not an achievement but a deterrent made to ensure that violators do not repeat violations.
Highlighting some of NCAA’s Key Performance Indexes (KPI), Abdullahi stated that the NCAA in the past four years had had steady improvements in certain areas especially as regards professional advancement.
According to him, for the third year running, the country’s aviation industry had recorded Zero accidents and this was due to airlines’ adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs) which were brought about by well-trained safety instructors. In addition, licensed pilots had increased by 130 from 2016 as the number had become 2,356 from 2,226.
On certification, the NCAA recorded 46 certifications of validation in 2017 from none in 2016. Expatriate pilots in the country reduced from 631 in 2016 to 609 in 2017 while aircraft maintenance engineers with validation became 11 in 2017 from none in 2016.
Licensed cabin crew increased from 1808 in 2016 to 946 in 2017; flight dispatchers increased within the same period from 543 to 602, while Air Traffic Controllers increased from 313 to 329.
Licensed air traffic safety electronic personnel increased from 254 to 319 and flight engineers upped to 14 from none in 2016. Licensed aeronautical station operators increased by seven (100 to 107).
The passenger traffic for 21 airports stood at a total of 25, 528 while average daily departure was 12, 761. Departures stood at 12,767 with 305 aircraft movements.