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What The Law Says About Boards At Aviation Agencies

What The Law Says About Boards At Aviation Agencies

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Law of 2006 provides for the appointment of members of Governing Boards of Nigeria’s aviation agencies.
Part 111, Section 6 of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Law 2006 says the Chairman and members of the Board of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for instance, “shall be paid such allowances, expenses and benefits in accordance with the extant Federal Government Financial Guidelines.”
7. “The Board shall
(a) fix terms and conditions of service, including remuneration of the employees of the Authority in accordance with the provision of Salaries and Wages Commission.
(b) receive and review annual reports for the management of the Authority and submit same to the President and the National Assembly, through the Minister, not later than 30th June in each year. The report shall be on the activities of the Authority during the immediately preceding calendar year; and shall include a copy of the audited accounts of the Authority for that calendar year.
(c) submit not later than 30th September in each year to the Minister, an estimate of the expenditure and income of the Authority for the next succeeding year; and
(d) cause to be kept, proper accounts of the Authority in respect of each year and proper records in relation thereto and shall cause the accounts to be audited not later than six months after the end of the year by auditors appointed from the list and in accordance with the guidelines applied by the Auditor-General of the Federation.”
The emerging questions are:
1. Who has been performing the above functions of the Governing Boards at the agencies since the year that the former boards were dissolved?
2. In the absence of the boards with constitutional functions, has the individual or group of persons that have been performing these functions not been violating the law?
3. Is the existence of Governing Boards of aviation agencies in the constitution still friendly to the nation’s economy, considering the involvement of payment of ‘jumbo’ allowances and the implications amidst the economic pressures in the new normal presented by the covid19 pandemic?
4. If Governing Boards of aviation agencies must continue to exist and perform their functions as provided for by the CAA Law of 2006, is it not improper to continue to delay the inauguration of new boards?
5. If Governing Boards of aviation agencies have become burdensome, irrelevant, parasitic or useless to the aviation agencies, is it not rational and responsible to amend and expunge the provision from the civil aviation law, rather than have laws on paper without complying with them and continue to operate the system without following the laws guiding its operation?
Well, June 30th of this year has passed. September 30th is coming.

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