NCAA Moves To Recover N24bn Airlines’ Debts

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is setting up a task force to recover debts owed by airlines, noting that it is already implementing a “no pay, no service” regime for the airlines.

The acting Director General (DG) of NCAA, Capt Chris Najomo, who disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos, also unveiled his agenda to transform the industry.

The agenda tagged: “NCAA Project 2024”, encompasses prompt and simplified licensing/certification, enhanced surveillance, consumer protection, staff welfare, digital transformation, intensified revenue drive, Universal Safety Audit and ISO 9001 certification.

Of particular concern is the revenue drive against the backdrop of the recent directive by the federal government for the agency, among others, classified as “super agencies” to remit 50 per cent of their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to the government’s coffers.

This implies that the agency, which is 100 per cent self-funded, will have to embark on an aggressive revenue drive to meet its obligations, including the 50 per cent remittance to the federal government.

Najomo said, “We are intensifying our cost recovery drive. The federal government now takes 50 per cent of the money. Most of the airlines are owing us; we have told them to pay up.”

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