Plane taking off at the airport
Chinedu Eze and Martha Momoh
The noncompliance with rules and regulations in the aviation industry has been linked to some of the challenges bedevilling the nation's aviation industry and may be attributed to many of the air crashes witnessed in the country.
Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Fola Akinkuotu, made this known at the second annual seminar for Federal High Court Judges on Civil Aviation Law, held in Lagos recently.
Akinkuotu said the country's aviation sector has enough laws to safeguard the industry, but noted that the challenge faced by the sector is the failure of operators to comply with the regulations.
He however said NCAA as a regulator of airline operators and organisations in the sector would ensure full compliance to the standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
The Director General said Nigeria’s ability to meet the safety standard prescribed by the ICAO and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prompted the agency to award Category One safety status, which was an expression of satisfaction that air operation in the country is safe.
He said safety in aviation is measured by the level of compliance with the eight critical elements as being promoted by the ICAO and these elements include primary legislation, specific operating regulations, state civil aviation system/ safety oversight functions and technical personnel qualification and training.
Others include technical guidance, tools and provision of safety critical information, licensing, certification, authorisation, approval obligation and surveillance and obligations; surveillance obligations and resolution of safety concerns.
Akinkuotu said discussions at the seminar would propel the sector forward and noted that aviation industry is international business without domestic standards and requires standard legal framework to function properly.
Also speaking, Justice Chima Nweze of the Appeal Court, Lagos said that the seminar would further broaden the knowledge of the participants about aviation practices in the globe. He appealed to participants to seize the opportunity offered by the seminar to know more rules and regulations in the industry, saying that this would make their jobs easier.