Alleged corruption:Airlines stop payment of charges to NCAA, FAAN
The crisis rocking the nation’s troubled aviation industry escalated yesterday with local airlines announcing that they would no longer pay any money to aviation agencies until the sector is rid of corruption and corrupt people.
The embattled Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, had testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation on 31 October following revelations that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, bought two BMW bullet-proof cars for her at the hefty sum of N255 million.
Oduah denied allegations against her and put all blame on others, but documents show she approved the purchase of the expensive cars that were not budgeted for and that were beyond her approval limit of N100 million.
The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), announced on Sunday that Nigerian carriers have stopped remitting all fees to aviation agencies because of the gargantuan corruption rocking the sector.
The remittances of aviation charges stopped on 1 November, said Mohammed Tukur, who spoke on behalf of the airlines.
Tukur said the airlines stopped remitting any money to the NCAA, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, and other relevant aviation bodies to protest against the rot in the sector.
He warned that Nigerian airlines might also ground their operations if nothing was done to ‘clean up’ the sector.