The Nigerian government is working on new modalities to recover debts owed by local airlines, a top official said on Saturday.
Ibrahim Abdulsalam, the Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), told reporters in Lagos, the nation’s economic hub that international carriers operating in Nigeria had been up to date in paying their charges to the agency.
He said if the debt owed by the local carriers was not properly addressed it would lead to the grounding of services offered by NAMA and other agencies in the aviation industry.
“Nobody goes to fly on credit; you have to pay for the ticket. If we ground the airlines, people will be affected,” he added.
According to him, the agency had been discussing with a consultant of Arik Airline on the debt owed by the carrier.
He said NAMA would work with other agencies in the aviation industry to prepare for the International Civil Aviation Organization Security Audit (ICAOSA) that would take place in June.
The agency’s helmsman stated that the federal government had helped NAMA in paying off its debt on the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON) project.
Abdulsalam said the new Navigational Aids equipment just procured by the agency would be installed at six airports across the country. Enditem