According to experts, giving the functions of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to another body could bring about some infraction on air safety as experience has shown in other countries, including the United Kingdom.
The experts are a pilot, Captain Dung Pam, who is Chairman, Nigerian Aviation Safety a initiative (NASI), and Mr Olumide Ohunayo, an aviation analyst, Head of Strategy, Zenith Travels.They spoke in separate interviews in Lagos.
Capt Pam said withdrawing the functions of NCAA, and giving them to another body could lead a communication gap in the industry.
“The outcome will dilute the effectiveness of the NCAA in performing its statutory functions with regards to aviation safety, consumer protection and anti-trust matters.
“The prevalence of issues, such as abuse of market dominance, predatory pricing, unreasonable discrimination between classes of users, allegations of monumental fraud, in FAAN, NAMA, NIMET, are clear indications that the industry in Nigeria is suffering the consequences of loss of economic efficiency” he said.
Also, Ohunayo said: ”Some aspects of the policy need to be reviewed, an independent search and rescue agency with offices in the six geo-political zones will only over burden the system with attendant cost implication.
“Why do we want to protect a new group of private investors at the expense of investors using the banner of a national carrier?
“The government is starting another flag carrier not national, so the carrier should be free to compete rather than seek government protection.
“ The same protection Virgin Nigeria signed with the government only to repudiate to the consternation of the investors.
“Also, the Fly Nigeria Act that would have aided our commercial airlines was again bypassed by the policy, a phased implementation starting with charter flights and some regional routes would have been appropriate.”