NUATE Assures On Nigeria’s Retention Of US Aviation Certification

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The National Union of Air
Transport Employees (NUATE)  has expressed optimism that the country would retain its United States of America Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Category I certification.
Speaking to The Tide in Port Harcourt, the union’s Assistant-General Secretary, Comrade Olayinka Abioye said there was nothing to worry about the possibility of the country not retaining the Category I status certification.
He wondered if Nigerians still realise that they have a subsisting Category I status, stressing that the problem of the country was that some basic infrastructure at the nation’s airports were neglected after the country had attained the US Aviation Category I certification.
Abioye said the country can still retain the status if facilities at the airports are fixed and made to function effectively as the country awaits the visit of the US aviation authorities on March 31.
The union scribe said Nigerians have seen recently laid tiles on some parts of the nation’s airports cracking, just as the cooling system is not yet perfect, stressing that the union expects that the next minister will look into these and deal with them quickly.
He stressed that there have been serious efforts to make the airports meet  international standard, with the ongoing re-modeling at some airports across the country.
Abioye added that the work must be seen to be completed notwithstanding the removal of the former Aviation Minister who started the re-modeling projects at the airports.
The labour leader said  aviation authorities should ensure that necessary equipment are put in place before the visit of the US aviation authorities to the country.
He said the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has been doing well and can do better, stressing that the critical concern to the union should be safety and security of Nigeria’s aerospace.
According to him, the Nigeria civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) should concentrate on recruiting qualified technical professionals, adding that NCAA must give priority to qualify technical professional crew for the country to pass the re-certification.
“Revalidate the Category I status, after inspecting facilities at the Lagos and Abuja Airports, respectively.
He said the certification makes it possible for Nigerian airlines to operate flight services directly to the US and for US airlines to fly into Nigeria airspace directly.
It would be recalled that the country received FAA’s Category I certification in September 2010.