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FG to probe aviation fuel contamination

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By Abiodun Okunloye

Examination and audit of all Jet A1 suppliers will be carried out by committee.

In order to undertake a comprehensive examination and audit of all jet A1 suppliers, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has established a joint committee. On Thursday, in Abuja, the group was inaugurated by Musa Nuhu, the director-general of the NCAA. He stated that the team would determine all the causes of fuel contamination and suggest remedies to the problem. According to him, another one of the committee’s responsibilities is to evaluate the fueling facilities and equipment, beginning with the source of the fuel and continuing up to the point where it is pumped into the aircraft.

Ibrahim Danbazau, who is the director of operations, licence, and training for the NCAA, represented Nuhu at the event. According to him, the committee has 60 days to complete the audit throughout the country. He made the statement that there had been major incidents related to aviation fuel contamination, specifically noting the Max Air crises that occurred in Yola. According to Nuhu, this led to unfavourable publicity inside the sector as well as a level of anxiety among the general population.

Compliance with all regulatory and safety criteria will be ensured.

According to him, the terms of reference (TOR) have been laid out, which include that the committee members would travel all throughout the country to guarantee compliance with all regulatory and safety criteria. At this juncture, he said he would like to express his heartfelt gratitude to the Presidency, the National Assembly and all of the development partners for their unwavering support and intense interest in the matter. Both the presidency and the minister ordered this probe to take place.

Therefore, in the best interest of the people of Nigeria, a reasonable conclusion should be drawn from this situation. In the meantime, the 35 members of the committee were selected from the various agencies, which include the NCAA, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) and the Department of State Services (DSS). Other agencies involved are the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) and the Association of Fuel Marketers in Nigeria.

Recommendations made by the committee would be implemented.

Nuhu assigned the team the assignment of coming up with suggestions that would lead to higher safety levels in Nigerian economy’s aviation sector. In addition to this, he urged the committee to treat the national assignment with the utmost seriousness and come up with suggestions that would assist in the elimination of such events in the future. The head of the NCAA explained that the authority and inspectors are diligently working to guarantee that the safety of aviation travel in Nigeria is not compromised.

He made a commitment to the people of Nigeria that the recommendations made by the committee would be completely implemented for the sake of the general public and the Security of Air Travel in Nigeria. According to Nuhu, the partnership with NMPDRA has made it possible to identify all fuelers operating in Nigeria without valid licences as well as those whose licences have expired, which has resulted in the suspension of all of their activities within the country’s airports.

Support is given across agencies to keep the sector safe.

Lastly, he added that the relevant authorities had not been sleeping through the aftermath of the incidents and had launched investigations into each and every one. In order to put their proposal into action, NCAA is teaming up with other aviation-related entities. In addition, an all-operators letter (AOL) has been issued, making it mandatory for all operators to follow approved fuelling procedures. According to Nuhu, the authorities are keeping a closer eye now to make sure everyone is playing by the rules.


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