Customs destroying airline business –Air Peace boss cries out

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Chief Executive Officer at Air Peace Airline and Vice Chairman of Airline Operators of (AON), Mr Allen Onyema, has hit hard at the Nigerian for failing obey President Muhammadu Buhari’s executive order granting airlines waiver on duty for aircraft parts.

Onyema said this during a grand reception of the second Embraer 195-E2 jet yesterday, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International , .He lamented that despite the ’s removal of import duty on importation of aircraft, one of aircrafts has been in the custody of for over one month over import duty.

He urged the government call order over the anomally, stressing that but for the timely intervention of the Minister for , Hadi Sirika, most airlines would have collapsed last week.

want to thank the Minister of for the revolution he has brought in the industry. want to thank the president for removing custom duty on the importation of aircraft and removing Value Added (VAT) ticket fares. This president has done very well for the industry by signing into these demands that we presented to him.

plead with the to talk to Customs to try and feel the pulse of the president of this country and regime. The customs knows very well that waivers have been signed into , yet have an aircraft on ground for over one month, an aircraft pay over one million dollars of insurance whether it flies or not. pay over N490million with a staff strength of over 3,000 people, yet spare parts and engines come into this country and customs had withheld them and giving all manner of bills to pay.

‘’If not for the intervention of the Minister of Aviation last week, all the airlines in the country would have shut down. Where does that leave this economy of this country? Air Peace in particular had an engine which should be cleared in one day but has taken over one month to clear. In the neighboring republic of Benin, it takes 48 hours to clear goods. The engine involved was removed here and taken back to the manufacturers to rectify something but it has stayed for one month with customs. This is not a new import.

“The Director General of World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, talked about customs in this country yesterday and about facilitating business. The customs of are not above the .

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