There have been incessant and renewed calls and agitations by the public for the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Harold Demuren, to be relieved of his appointment as the helmsman for the nation’s civil aviation authority.
These renewed agitations and incitement of the public are orchestrated by the members of the National Assembly and politicians who claim they have oversight functions on the industry they do not know about its technicalities.If the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority’s responses or comments on the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on Aviation report on the crash of Dana and Allied Aircraft published in The Guardian and The Sun newspaper of Thursday, January 31, 2013 are correct and faultless, then our lawmakers should avoid toeing the path of perfidy and honourably apologise to the NCAA and Demuren whom they have slandered.
According to the comments by the NCAA, all the alleged findings are far from reality and deliberate resolve to “undermine our national resolve and ability to accomplish the objectives we have set as a nation”. Therefore, name-calling is unpatriotic and self-serving rather than for national interest.Most of the allegations against the agency are about compliance with its own procedure for Airlines Operators Certificate, licensed type-rated inspectors,
the qualification of the DG-NCAA and other inspectors, insurance of Dana airlines and so on. I hope the response of the agency has put to rest the allegations. In my opinion, I think that we should encourage NCAA instead of politicising issues by putting square pegs in round holes, dismissing the best and replacing them with those who are cronies of politicians.