The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Hajia Binta Bello, has urged participants of the three-day workshop on the proposed amendment to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations to dig deep into their wealth of knowledge and expertise and make constructive suggestions that will enhance the quality of the proposed regulation.
Hajia Bello, who stated this at a stakeholders’ workshop on Monday, said the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, in achieving its objects and purpose, would be guided at all times by the federal government’s policies, the Civil Aviation Act 2006, government circulars and gazetted directives.
She noted that all amendments to the ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices contained in Annexes 1 to 19 are required to be domesticated for Nigeria to enjoy its pride of place in the comity of nations.
The permanent secretary stated that the Economic Regulations and Consumers Protections Regulations would be amended to conform to international best practices.
According to her, all hands must be on deck to ensure a very successful outing for Nigeria in the forthcoming ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Program, USOAP, audit which is scheduled to hold in March 2016.
The amendment of the Nig. CARs in order to bring it up to date with recent ICAO amendments is an integral step towards the success of the audit.
In a welcome address, the Director-General of NCAA, Captain Muhtar Usman, noted that the powers of the NCAA to regulate civil aviation in Nigeria are captured throughout the Civil Aviation Act 2006.
He said Section 30 of the Act empowers the authority to make regulations on all aspects of civil aviation matters. As required by Article 37 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Adoption of International Standards and Procedures), these regulations are made to cover and domesticate all ICAO standards that are contained in the relevant annexes.
The DG explained that the stakeholders’ workshop is in accordance with the obligation imposed on the authority in Section 30(12) of the Civil Aviation Act 2006 which states that “in the exercise of its power to make regulations under this section, the authority shall consult with stakeholders including airlines, aerodrome operators, air traffic control service providers, consumers and other relevant bodies and organisations in the aviation industry. I know you are all represented at this workshop.’’
According to him, stakeholders should note that some of these amendments are already captured in Orders 1 and 2 that were issued to the industry in the third quarter of 2014 before Nigeria’s FAA CAT 1 recertification. The proposed amendment is the first holistic amendment to the Nig. CARs since inception.
He expressed optimism that during the three days of deliberation, the aviation professionals and experts will assist the authority to derive a near perfect regulation for the advancement of civil aviation in Nigeria.

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