Chief Executive Officer, Scope Centre Limited, Mr. Adebayo Babatunde, has called on the Federal Government to formulate a policy that would lead to the creation of a new body that would regulate the economic activities of domestic airlines across the country.
Speaking to journalists in Lagos, Babatunde said that when this policy is formulated, it would allow the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA) to concentrate on its core function of enhancing safety while the new body would be able to oversee the economic issues of the airlines.
According to him, although the economic regulations oversight of the airlines was part of the statutory functions of NCAA in Nigeria, he stressed that in other climes, safety and security oversights were the sole statutory of their CAAs while another body entirely are saddled with the task of economic oversight.
He said: “Economic oversight of the airlines, which presently is part of the statutory functions of NCAA, I think, deserves to be reviewed. In other climes, the civil aviation authorities have the sole mandate of overseeing safety and security alone. They have that mandate to focus on issues relating to safety and security of the aviation industry, which does not allow for any economic compromise. In a situation where the safety police is also the economic police, leaves some gaps. So, going forward in the New Year, we expect a policy shift that will lead to an Act that will devolve the economic function away from the NCAA.
“Look for example in South Africa, its CAA is responsible for safety and security oversight, but there is an economic management committee that is set up under the civil aviation law that oversights all economic and service rendered. The same thing applies to United Kingdom where another body oversees all economic issues.”
Babatunde also called for procurement of state-of-the-art security gadgets by the Ministry of Aviation for successful monitoring of the airports in 2013, noting that as the threat levels change, security apparatus and training should also change to effectively combat crimes within the airports.