Saturday, February 2, 2013

■ NIGERIA: NAAPE endorses Senate's report recommending Demuren's sacking and Dana Air's AOC revocation.

NigeriaNigeria's National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) has come out in support of Nigerian Senate & House of Representatives whose recent Joint Committee on Aviation Report unequivocally condemned the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) as being staffed by "unqualified persons working as Aircraft Inspectors" and which recommended the immediate withdrawal of Dana Air's (9J) Air Operators Certificate, reinstated in early December.

In a statement, NAAPE National President, Engineer Balami Isaac David, said:

Nigerian Senate & Parliament
"Those who question the competence of the National Assembly should remember that the Joint Committee on Aviation carried out painstaking investigation into the crash, which involved open and private hearings. And the conclusions of the committees were gleaned from presentations by professionals and relevant stakeholders. It would therefore amount to betrayal of sorts for those who supplied such information to the committee to turn round and accuse the committees of using same information."
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In their report entitled "The Crash of Dana and Allied Aircraft", the Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on Aviation "exposed the many flaws of the aviation industry leading to such aviation mishaps and loss of lives". 

Amongst the recommendations and notes made are that:

Overall reaction to the report ended in claims by some Senators that the Nigerian aviation industry is "a disaster waiting to happen," with others warning about "powerful interests who will go to any length to ensure that the contents of the report are not implemented."