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Rising from a meeting with airline operators under the aegis of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), Aviation Minister, Osita Chidoka has granted the requests of private owners to shift the 90 days ultimatum given to them to regularize their operations. The new time for them to do so is now 120 days.
Chidoka extended the ultimatum earlier given by him to revoke Flight Operations Clearance Certificate (FOCC) and Maintenance Clearance Certificate (MCC) of all foreign registered privately owned aircraft operating commercial charters, instead of their Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) authorization for private (Not for hire or reward) operations within Nigeria.
The ultimatum was given at the conclusion of a meeting between the officials of the Ministry of Aviation and stakeholders in the general aviation sector; which warehouses all the owners and operators of private jets.The new extension was given in his office in Abuja today where he met with the Aircraft Operators Association of Nigeria (AOAN).
The minister said, effective March 1, 2015, all foreign registered private category aircraft that are listed on the OpSpec Part G of some Air Operator Certificate (AOC) holders, must be removed from the status by NCAA.
Consequently, the aircraft operations will remain grounded until NCAA approves an alternative operational status for the aircraft.
Consequent upon this earlier directive and eventual compliance by NCAA at the expiration of the ultimatum, the members of AON visited the minister at his instance upon receiving a letter from them asking to meet with him.
The General Secretary of AOAN, Capt. Mohammed Joji, in his opening remarks said the purpose of their visit was to appeal to the government to give them a 120 day window upon expiration of the earlier deadline to enable the members to regularize their operational documents.
Joji debunked the impression that the activities of the privately owned aircraft operators were responsible for a reduction in the revenue of the government, instead, he said they contribute more to the revenue of the government more than any one else.
The Permanent Secretary of the ministry of aviation, Alhaji Mohammed Abass, while announcing the extension of 90days as against the 120 sought by AOAN on behalf of the minister said, it still holds that no private jet will be allowed to operate without authorization within the extension period.