Senate has directed the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to stop the issuance of an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) to NG Eagle, an airline being birthed by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).
The chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Smart Adeyemi, stated this in a letter written to the NCAA and made available to journalists in Lagos on Thursday.
The House of Representatives had similarly directed the NCAA to stop the issuance of the AOC to NG Eagle.
Adeyemi said the committee issued the directive based on the joint petition to the Senate by the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals challenging the issuance of the AOC over huge debts owed the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
“The petition categorically stipulated that the application for AOC is unrealistic and unfeasible as the debt profile of Arik Air which is presently under receivership by AMCON is enormous.
“Therefore, the notion that AOC be granted to NG Eagle while it uses Arik Air aircraft, which accounts for part of the assets of Arik Air will invariably undermine the receivership.
“Having carefully considered the submission by the unions, the Senate Committee on Aviation, in consonance with the House Committee on Aviation, hereby directs you to immediately suspend the issuance of AOC to NG Eagle.
“The essence of this suspension is to enable the committee and relevant authorities to carry out a thorough investigation of all allegations levelled by the unions in the petition,” he said.
Adeyemi said the committee expected full compliance with the directive until a resolution was achieved. (NAN)