Laws Underway To Improve Nigeria Aviation Industry – Chairman


Sen. Hope Uzodinma, Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, has said the process of amending the Civil Aviation Act was on course to make Nigerian Aviation industry to meet 21st century challenges.

He disclosed this on Tuesday in an interview with newsmen shortly after he led members of his committee to an oversight function at the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, Kaduna State.

Uzodinma said: “If you look at the Civil Aviation Act 2006 it is very strong enough, but because the industry is a dynamic one, it therefore requires flexibility.

“Under the new recommendation by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), we are going to amend the law to factor those regulatory steps that were not foreseen when the first law was made.

“In essence, we are in the process of amending the Civil Aviation Act now with a view to strengthening regulatory requirement to make it one of the best globally,’’ he said.

While lamenting the attitude of some people who encroached into NCAT land, the chairman said the matter would be formally presented to the Kaduna State Government to provide a lasting solution to the problem.

Uzodinma assured of his committee’s readiness to support NCAT to enable it achieve its mandate.

Also in an interview, the Rector of the College, Capt. Samuel Caulcrick, said even though the institution made some progress, they were not where they supposed to be.

However, he said: “We are still on the right direction.

“This college had attained particular level before but somewhere, sometime it went down, but our intention is to go back to where we were and to surpass what we have achieved before,’’ Caulckric said.

He said the college was the bedrock of aviation industry because the industry was highly regulated and dynamic.
The rector said NCAT had many uncompleted projects that needed to be looked into to enable it achieved the desired goals. (NAN)