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FG Bans Aircraft Above 22-Years From Operating In Nigeria

Following the death of Attahiru Ibrahim the Chief of Army Staff and 10 other military officers, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Aviation, Hassan Musa has reportedly told the House of Representatives on Monday, that the Federal Government has released N5bn out of the N26bn approved as Covid-19 intervention fund for the aviation industry.

According to reports, Musa, while appearing before the House Committee on Aviation in Abuja on Monday, stated that the intervention fund was meant for all stakeholders in the sector, including airlines and car hire operators while the balance was meant for the agencies and regulators, including the palliatives for salaries.

According to Musa, the Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Musa Nuhu, has disclosed that regulatory agencies needed more equipment to be installed in all the airports across the country.

Nuhu also stated that “any aircraft above 22 years would not be licensed to operate in Nigeria, in line with the extant policy, just as he noted that adequate provision would be made to ensure adherence to aircraft maintenance rules.”

According to reports, the Director-General also stressed that  NCAA has not been able to procure the necessary equipment due to paucity of funds, adding that some of the equipment ordered for two years just arrived in the country last week.

NCAA also expressed displeasure over the present state of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Ikeja Lagos, disclosing that the facility was turning into a jungle.

It was also reported that the Chairman, House Committee on Aviation, Nnolim Nnaji, expressed grief over the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, 10 officers and men of the Armed Forces in a plane crash on Friday.

Nnaji reportedly called for the provision of intervention funds for the aviation industry, in order to ensure safety and security at various airports.  

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