NCAA To Sanction Airlines Over N22bn Debts

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Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has concluded to embark on recovery of N22 billion owed aviation agencies by indigenous carriers in the last 20 years.

The move by the regulatory body would lead to disruption in air services at airports nationwide.

NCAA’s -General, Capt. Musa Nuhu, who made this known in Abuja at a stakeholders and general hearing on the repeal and enactment of civil aviation bills of aviation agencies, said this option was the only way to compel the to pay their debts.

He decried the attitude of many of the failed to remit what they collected as five per cent Ticket Sales Charge (TSC) and Passenger Charge (PSC) collected on behalf of the agencies.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika had on put the debts of Nigerian the last 10 years to aviation agencies at $6.9 million and N19.6 billion (N22.2 billion).

Nuhu said: “We are going to start taking action and implement actions to recover most of the . We have started action last week on airlines owe us. The irony is these are taxes the airlines collected from the passengers. These are not their . They collected but refused to remit.

“We have also heard the government has refused to assist the carriers. We all remember in 2011, the airlines received close to N200billion. They are yet to pay back. If foreign airlines are not paying, why are our own airlines not paying?

Earlier, Sirika elaborated on some of the charges the carriers described as ‘too many’ and not in the interest of the carriers, saying these charges had been in existence for so long and enshrined in the country’s constitution