Automation’II Boost Aviation Sector Earnings-Official

Director, Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade (3rd-left) after a surveillance on Chibok, recently.     Photo: NAN
Director, Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade (3rd-left) after a surveillance on Chibok, recently. Photo: NAN

The aviation industry can
increase its revenue to N50 billion in the next two years if the automated cash point of the agencies in the sector are used efficiently by international and local airlines paying their charges and fees regularly.
When this is attained, the sector’s contribution to the nation’s  Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would rise from the present 0.4 per cent to about 3 per cent.
This was disclosed by a top official of one of the agencies in-charge of the automation system going on in the industry. The official noted that there are still loopholes through which revenues from the agencies fritter away to individual accounts, while opportunities to earn some resources from airlines, cargo importers and the system presently cannot capture potential revenue.
The source said the situation could be improved if the automation process is completed this year and put into operation in all the aviation agencies.
However, the committee set up by the Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, noted that there was an obstacle caused by the fact that the aviation agencies are currently paying a fee to service providers like SITA and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to access some revenues especially from international airlines.
The committee said however, that major automation had already been achieved in the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
All revenue lines across all airports will be automated under ARAP. However considering the fact that some work has already been done in automation by the different agencies there may be a need to include the ARAP for specific revenue line.
Once the above issues have been resolved, there is now a need to drive commitment and enforcement by the agencies, including direct debt payment channel as well as a commitment by First Bank of Nigeria Limited, (which is handling the automation) to ensure strict compliance to the implementation plan,” the committee said.
For the set objectives to be realised, the committee said the chief executives of all agencies should be held responsible for ensuring that all revenue lines in their agencies are captured under ARAP platform.