The Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr Harold Demuren has explained that the main thrust of the on going Economic Audit is to ensure that airlines have enough funds to carry our safe operations.
Dr Demuren who stated this in an interview recently with The Tide noted that the regulatory body does not want a situation whereby safety would be relegated.
He said the airlines must do their maintenance, train their crew and pay their bills.
According to him, “In this meltdown, we want to ensure that safety is not relegated, you must do your maintenance, train your crew, and you must pay your bills. This is the economic audit we are talking about, we do not want a situation where you don’t have enough funds to run a safe operation. If you don’t have this, you cannot operate, and this audit has started about a week ago and it is going to be an on-going exercise.
The NCAA boss noted that the standard and concept is about safety, warning about compromising and jeopardising safety in all its ramifications.
“At the initial stage, we said that safety was number one, and our goal has not changed. The goal is zero accident and that is what we want to achieve,” Demuren said.
He said NCAA will not hesitate to ground any airline that can no longer carry out safety operations in the country.
The NCAA boss however explained reasons why the Kaduna airport was downgraded, noting that the fire cover of the airport was too low to the required standard.
He said since the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has rectified the situation, with adequate fire cover, the airport has been re-opened.
He said that the airport can handle category of air craft type which is B747 and warned that the eagle eyes of the regulator is on all the airports in the country for safety sake.