Four Agencies’ Heads Sacked in Aviation Sector

Four heads of parastatal agencies and college in the Nigeria’s aviation industry have been sacked, a government statement said on Monday.

Those relieved of their jobs are the Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Mr Emma Anasi, and the Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Dr Anthony Anuforom.

Others are the Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, Mr Samuel Caulcrick and the Commissioner of Accident Investigation Bureau.

Nigeria Aviation gets World Safety Rating

Nigeria has been rated among the world leaders in aviation safety, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), said on Monday.

NCAA’s General Manager (Public Relations), Mr Sam Adurogboye, said in a statement on Monday that the country climbed to Level three State Safety Programme (SSP) Implementation Process.

With the rating, Nigeria has joined countries like the United States of America, United Kingdom and others in their echelon.

NIMASA Shuts 3 Jetties, Port Facilities

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has shut three jetties and port facilities for non-compliance with the provisions of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

A statement by the Head, Corporate Communications Team of NIMASA, Lami Tumaka, on Wednesday in Lagos, said the closure was pursuant to the agency’s mandate as the Designated Authority (DA) for the implementation of the ISPS Code.

Nigeria Bans Vehicles Import by Land

The Federal Government of Nigeria has banned the importation of vehicles into the country through land borders.

Mr Wale Adeniyi, the Nigeria Customs Service Public Relations Officer, stated that “the prohibition order covers all new and used vehicles”.

Adeniyi also said the ban was sequel to a presidential directive restricting all vehicle imports to Nigeria’s Sea ports only, adding that the order takes effect from Jan. 1, 2017.

16,353 Flights Delayed in 6 months –Aviation Agency

Domestic airlines operating in Nigeria recorded 16,353 cases of delayed flights between January and June, statistics from the Consumer Protection Department of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) have revealed.

A document issued by the department shows that 30,100 flights were operated by eight airlines during the period under review.

According to the document, 601 flights were cancelled for various reasons by the airlines.

Airlines in operation were Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Air Peace, Azman Air, Dana Air, First Nation, Med-View and Overland.

Airline Revenues Blocked in Nigeria Drop by over 50% –IATA

The value of ticket sales owed to foreign airlines in Nigeria has been reduced by over 50 percent since June, the International Air Transport Association said on Tuesday, adding it is making progress to recoup billions of dollars in revenues blocked by some countries, Reuters reports.

IATA, the trade association of the world's airlines, said it wants to develop a "common strategy" where carriers act in tandem to recuperate ticket sales revenue being withheld in Venezuela.

Buhari Inaugurates Abuja-Kaduna Rail Line

President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the Abuja-Kaduna rail line, with a pledge to link all states of the federation with the rail system to boost socio-economic development and regional integration.

Buhari, who made the pledge at the inaugural ceremony at Idu, Abuja on Tuesday, said the Federal Government would strictly pursue the implementation of 25-year Strategic Master Plan for the Nigerian Railway.

Stop Selling Tickets in Foreign Currencies, Aviation Authority Warns Airlines

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has warned all airlines selling flight tickets in foreign currencies in Nigeria to desist from the practice forthwith.

The NCAA issued the warning in a statement issued by its Acting General Manager, Public Relations, Mr Sam Adurogboye, in Lagos at the weekend.

The statement said the act contravened the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) guidelines on the cost of products or services in Nigeria.

NCAA Directs Airlines to forward all Unremitted Funds in Full

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Thursday directed all domestic and charter airlines operating in the country to immediately forward in full unremitted funds accruable to the agency.

The Director General, NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, handed down the directive at a meeting held with the airline operators on the non-remittance of five per cent Ticket, Cargo and Charter Sales Charges (TSA/TCA) in Lagos.

Baggage Delay: Attorney General Gives Turkish Airlines 21-Day Ultimatum to Comply with CPC’s Order

The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has read a riot’s act to the Turkish Airlines to respond within 21 days to the request of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) for full situation report on its alleged shoddy treatment of passengers of flight TK 623 of Sunday December 20, 2015 and other subsequent flights during the yuletide or face prosecution.