The Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Capt. Muhtar Usman has called on all Public Relations/Information managers of all the aviation agencies, local and foreign airlines to do a critical review of information dissemination during accidents and incidents. He advocated this view while delivering his keynote address during the maiden meeting of all the information managers in the industry. He told the information managers present to tinker with the subsisting approach of information flow when there is an accident or incident. Usman called for an integrated and unified approach among all information managers during emergencies.
Speaking further, he said “we should put on the table a synergy and a robust working relationship within this group. When I say all of you this includes the public relations apparatus of NCAA.” “If we commence integrated information, there will be a concerted approach when there are accidents and incidents. On the reality, airline operations worldwide are not without its fair share of incidents.” The DG continued, the public character of aviation imposes on it a dual role.
Commercial airlines should advance their private interest, stimulate growth and compete in the realms of operations. However, this should be done within the stipulates of NCAA’s regulations. In Nigeria today, we have 30 certified air operators, over 400 inservice aircraft registered in Nigeria.
In addition, there are about 46 corporate jets, 130 helicopters and 100 foreign registered private jets. Usman used the opportunity to assure Nigerians that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) will continue to progressively strengthen oversight responsibilities to entrench safe and secure air transportation in the country. He reminded the airlines to clear all outstanding indebtedness as the regulatory Authority will soon commence severe sanctions on all defaulters.
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