NCAA Begins Amendment of Civil Aviation Regulations

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NCAA Begins Amendment of Civil Aviation Regulations

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NCAA Begins Amendment of Civil Aviation Regulations

By Ofonime Essien

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Monday gathered stakeholders to consult on the proposed amendment to Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) 2009 and 2012.

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Declaring open the three day workshop holding at Welcome Centre and Hotels, Airport Road, Lagos, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Aviation, Hajia Binta Bello told participants that all amendments to the the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices contained in Annexes 1 to 19 are required to be domesticated for Nigeria to continue to enjoy the pride of place in the comity of nations.

Hajia Bello particularly mentioned that “the Economic Regulations and Consumers Protections Regulations are to be amended to conform to international best practices.”

While urging participants to give their best in ensuring the success of the exercise, the Permanent Secretary said this would to a large extent reflect on the performance of Nigeria at the forthcoming ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Program (USOAP) Audit scheduled to hold first quarter of next year.

“All hands must be on deck to ensure a very successful outing for Nigeria in the upcoming 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,” She urged.

In his welcome address at the workshop, the Director General of NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, noted that the powers of the NCAA to regulate civil aviation in Nigeria are captured throughout the Civil Aviation Act 2006.

Usman added that 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). Which are made to cover and domesticate all ICAO Standards that are contained in the relevant Annexes.

The Director General who stated that the workshop is in accordance with the obligation imposed on the Authority in Sec 30(12) of the Civil Aviation Act 2006, said participants are invited to note that some of the 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.

Even as he submitted that the proposed amendment is the first holistic amendment to the Nig. CARs since inception.

The Stakeholders Workshop on the proposed amendment to the NCARS is part of the notice of rules making procedures towards the production of the regulations that would regulate the civil aviation in Nigeria until it would be subject to another amendment.

 

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Ofonime Essien

Mr. Ofonime A. Essien, is a Helicopter Pilot. He is also a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), a Computer Forensics Expert, a Blogger, Web Master, a Writer and an Entrepreneur.

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1 Comment

Chabi Ibrahim

September 10, 2015 at 3:28 pm

I’m helicopter pilot

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