Nigeria Airline Operators Appeal For Duty Waiver,Other Government Incentives To Remain In Business

They made the appeal against the backdrop of increasing threats to their investments occasioned by the current high cost of aviation fuel and others

The Aviation Ground Handling Association of Nigeria (AGHAN) has called for duty waivers, special window for foreign exchange and other incentives for ground handling companies in the country due to the current challenges faced by the industry.

The Association made the call during the courtesy visits to Director-General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu and the Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Mr. Akin Olateru, in Abuja.

The Chairman of AGHAN, Mr. Olaniyi Adigun said, the handling companies rely on government supports to remain in business and harped on customs duty waivers, easy access to forex and other incentives for the handling sub-sector of the economy.

According to him, the handling companies were struggling to acquire modern Ground Support Equipment (GSE) to augment their services due to recent downturn in the economy occasioned by the fall of the naira against major currencies.

He posited that the approval of special window for forex and removal of customs duties for the handlers would further ensured safety in the industry as funds saved from these would be expended on training, retraining, attraction and retention of quality personnel for the sub-sector.

In his response, the NCAA DG said, the handling companies were part of the aviation safety chain, even though, their critical activities were not known to air travellers.

The AIB commissioner also in his response, challenged the handlers to carry out self-audit of their infrastructure and personnel to reduce the number of airside accidents associated with ground handling.

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