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N22bn debt: NCAA, airlines agree on payment plan

N22bn debt: NCAA, airlines agree on payment plan

Aviation
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has said that it has reached an agreement with airlines in the country to ensure that debts owed the agency are reconciled and a payment plan is agreed upon. The Director-General, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, said this when the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation led by Nnolim Nnaji paid him a visit on Wednesday. He said, “Under your guidance, we have carried on that agreement that we had. We had a meeting with the operators on the issue of the debt collection and agreed to notify each airline on the level of debt that they have. “We will sit down with them and do the reconciliation. We will then implement a payment plan. We do not expect everyone to pay all their money at a go because of the difficulties in the industry and economic do...
$500m Chinese debt sparks confusion in airport concession

$500m Chinese debt sparks confusion in airport concession

Aviation
• FAAN former MDs, directors warn of hidden takeover • Reps set up sub-committee Federal Government’s plan to concession airports has run into difficulties over an existing debt and pact with China to build four new terminals at the cost of $500 million. The “concession within concession”, according to the coalition of aviation workers’ unions, is untidy and not in the best interest of the country. Hence, this among other concerns regarding the airport concessioning should first be resolved. A group of former Managing Directors and Directors of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) warned against a Mezzanine Clause in all Chinese sponsored projects, adding that any contravention of agreement with China on the $500m loan for the construction of the new terminal building...
Local airlines’ debt burden hits N22b

Local airlines’ debt burden hits N22b

Aviation
• Stakeholders kick over credits, unremitted charges  Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, yesterday, disclosed that the local airlines’ total debt burden to regulatory agencies stood at N22 billion. A breakdown showed the sum of N19.37 billion and $6,993,284 million (N2.7 billion) as unremitted Ticket Sales Charge (TSC), and Cargo Sales Charge (CSC) collected on behalf of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and its sister agencies. The minister voiced out at the on-going three-day public hearing on new aviation bills at the National Assembly, following an appeal by the Airlines Operators of Nigeria (AON) that the mandatory five per cent TSC and CSC should be scrapped or reduced to support the operating airlines. Counsel to the AON, Chinasa Unaegbulam, had urged the...
Enugu airport reopens August 30, says Sirika

Enugu airport reopens August 30, says Sirika

Aviation
The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, says the Akanu Ibiam International airport, Enugu will reopen for normal business on Aug. 30. Sirika gave the assurance at the airport in Enugu after inspecting the progress of ongoing rehabilitation of the runway and upgrade of other infrastructure, aiming toward international standards, on Tuesday. According to him, the project has reached between 90 and 95 per cent completed. The ministet said the Federal Government planned to make a quick intervention in the procurement to ensure dilapidated runway, which was a threat to the safety of operations, is fully dealt with. ”We were on course, but unfortunately, COVID-19 came and the workers took to their heels to ensure that they remain safe. ”We are back on site and we have made...
Aviation workers vow to resist airport concession

Aviation workers vow to resist airport concession

Aviation
Aviation workers yesterday rejected the planned concession of the big four airports in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano, describing the processes as faulty and unilateral decision of the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika. The workers, under the coalition of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and Association of Nigerians Aviation Professionals (ANAP), vowed not to cooperate with the concession programme. The Federal Government has in the last five years been working on a plan to concession the 22 airports nationwide, beginning with the big four, to ensure that they run efficiently and profitably. Just recently, the Infrastructural Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) issued the Certifica...