A coalition of youth committed to entrenching good governance Enough is enough (EIE) has asked the aviation industry authorities to make public the safety records of all active aircraft in the country’s local fleet.
The coalition made this demand in a release made available to LEADERSHIP. The group also called on the Aviation Minister, Mrs. Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi and the Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Dr Harold Demuren to step aside pending the conclusion of investigation into the cause of the Dana Airplane crash last Sunday.
The coalition, which also called for a thorough investigation of the accident by the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, which they said should conform to international standard said a public presentation of the findings from the contents of the black box of the aircraft within 24 hours.
The group said,“While investigations have just begun and are ongoing, we note with concern that issues have been raised about the air-worthiness of Dana’s fleet and two (of 5) of Dana’s aircrafts have reportedly had problems in the last week. Indeed, the concerns and the integrity of aviation safety checks are industry wide.
“Mrs Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi, Minister of Aviation and Dr Harold Demuren, Director-General of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) should be asked to step aside while investigations are on-going. If they are found to have lapsed in their duties, they should be relieved of their positions forthwith.
“NCAA should publish, in newspapers and on its website, the safety records of all active aircraft in our local fleet, including ramp checks (results & measures taken); airline audits (results & measures taken); support and audit of Safety Management Systems.