Federal Government has threatened to embarrass airline operators in Nigeria who fail to promptly pay their dues to aviation agencies.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Hajiya Binta Bello, made the threat at a consultative meeting with members of the Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, in Lagos.
She said: “… Airline operators in Nigeria are to pay their dues to the aviation agencies promptly to avoid the embarrassment of their airlines being grounded by the regulatory agencies in the Aviation sector and also enable the Agencies to carry out their statutory functions effectively and efficiently,” the statement read.
Bello said part of the moves is fallout of the meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari which forced her to take drastic measures to reposition the sector.
The Permanent Secretary also told the airline owners that the Ministry’s recent meeting with President Buhari left her with no doubt as to the administration’s commitment to repositioning the aviation sector to becoming a major player in the nation’s economic affairs.
While urging the organisation to always relate with the ministry and its agencies as partners with the same objective of growing the aviation sector, Bello promised to take up the issues raised by them at the highest possible level and meet with the relevant agencies towards resolving them.
Responding to issues raised by the association, Bello said despite the perceived problems confronting the aviation sector as enumerated by the airline operators, the industry has recorded commendable and laudable feats which should be celebrated.
“One of such feats, according to her, was the high rating of the industry by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, recently after the security audit which rated the Nigerian aviation industry at 96 percent.
“I do not want to believe that everything about the aviation sector is negative; we have issues, challenges, but we have things that have worked well, if nothing, I have just received a certificate from ICAO rating Nigeria 96 per cent after the security audit carried out recently,” she said.


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