We, Ministers responsible for air transport from West African States, neighbouring Central African States as well as from the Diaspora held a High-Level Ministerial meeting on Enhancing Air Transport Connectivity and Growth in West Africa on 18 March 2021, at the kind invitation of the Federal Ministry of Aviation, Nigeria in cooperation with the International Partners for Aviation Development, Innovation and Sustainability (iPADIS).
Following series of incidents involving Azman Air Boeing 737 Aircraft, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has pursuant to Section 35 (2) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 188.8.131.52 (A) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) 2015, suspended the operations of all the Boeing 737 Aircraft in the Fleet of Azman Air Services Limited, with effect from March 15, 2021.
It is an honour to inform you that the Federal Ministry of Aviation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in collaboration with the International Partners for Aviation Development ,Innovation and Sustainability (iPADIS) is organizing a virtual conference of Ministers responsible for Air Transport in the West African from 17 to 18 March 2021 on the theme: Air Transport Connectivity and Growth in West African.
Consequent upon the two accidents involving the Boeing 737 MAX (Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 301), Senator Hadi Sirika, Honorable Minister of Aviation on Wednesday, the 13th of March, 2019 pronounced the ban on the operation of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in the Nigeria airspace.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), in compliance with the directive of the Federal Government has since relocated its Corporate Headquarters to the nation’s Federal Capital, Abuja. The Agency, as the Regulator, was in fact the first to comply with the directive as a way of encouraging others to follow suit.
The Authority has receive request in relation to the impact on calendar time intervals or deferral of calendar time intervals on base scheduled maintenance tasks as a result of aircraft storage or inability to access NCAA Approve Maintenance Organizations caused by the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Federal Government on Monday 27th April 2020 announced the gradual phasing and controlled easing of the country’s lockdown especially in Ogun, Lagos and Abuja from the 4th May 2020. Following this announcement, it is important for the Civil Aviation Authority to start the process of getting the industry ready for an organized, safe, secure and efficient restart of flight operations when the nation’s airspace is reopened for business.
Celebration bells jingle for Nigeria’s apex aviation regulatory agency, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). It has been 20 wholesome years of acting as the “general overseer”, “watchdog”, “police”, “security” “and “referee” of the entire air transportation in line with global best practice.