- NCAA Fines First Nation, Pilot N33.5m
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has fined First Nation Airways and one of its pilots N33.5m for violating safety regulations.
The regulatory agency said on Sunday that it had through a letter of sanction conveying the penalties, ordered the airline to pay N32m, while the pilot in charge of the affected aircraft would pay N1.5m.
The NCAA said it discovered during a ramp inspection on First Nation’s Airbus A319 aircraft with registration mark 5N-FNE at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, that the pilot was not in possession of a current medical certificate and neither was it readily accessible.
It added that a letter of investigation was sent to the airline and the pilot, and while the pilot admitted violating the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations, the airline demonstrated lack of thorough knowledge of the requirements of the regulations.
The NCAA said in a statement signed by its General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye, “Therefore, the airline has contravened the regulations by allowing a flight crew member to be rostered to operate a total of 16 scheduled flights on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th of November, 2016. These operations were carried out while his medical certificate had expired since the 1st of November, 2016, thereby rendering his pilot licence subsequently invalid from that date.
“In the light of these, the airline is hereby sanctioned in accordance with IS 1.3.3 (14), while the pilot suffered a similar fate in line with IS 1.3.3(11) (15) (e), in lieu of suspension under IS 1.3.3(11) (15) (a) of the Nig.CARs 2015. On this strength, the airline is required to pay a total sum of N32m, while the pilot will pay N1.5m, being moderate civil penalty for the violation.”
The NCAA said the fine must be paid within seven days of receipt of the letter conveying the decision, and urged other airlines to acquaint themselves properly with the NCARs to guide their operations as violation would be viewed seriously.
In a statement signed by Rasheed Yusuf, on behalf of First Nation Airways, the airline said it had filed an appeal against the sanctions in accordance with the requirements of the Nig.CARs 1.10.
The statement read in part, “It is our position that on the day that the said flight was ramp inspected, the captain had a valid medical licence. We have also drawn the NCAA’s attention to the need to address the bureaucracy associated with the general licence and medical renewal process with the authority. We will cooperate with the NCAA in working to improve the current challenges with respect to licence renewal.
“The airline admits no wrong doing and despite this position considers the level of financial fine arbitrary and at variance with the levels set out in the relevant section of the Nig.CARs. The essence of Nig.CARs is corrective rather than cause airlines injury, and we will be working the appeal and review of the sanction with the NCAA.
“First Nation is committed to best industry practice and respect for regulations, and take safety seriously. Our high safety standard is attested by the fact that the airline is IATA-IOSA certified, and is the first airline to achieve IOSA certification among the ten10 Africa airlines selected by IATA-ATF in 2014.”
Samsung, Vision Care Begin Fresh CSR Activities, Earmark 12,000 Masks for Nigeria
Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria Limited (SHIN) and Vision Care, an international relief organization dedicated to the prevention of blindness, have launched fresh Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative to help Nigeria mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
Vision Care is a member of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), and participant of ‘VISION 2020’, a global initiative of the IAPB and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Vision Care has since conducted more than 25 Vision Eye Camps yearly and has grown into an international non-profit organisation serving 38 countries throughout Asia, Africa and Central-South America.
Since 2015, SHIN has worked with Vision Care in the yearly Eye Camp as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to provide free cataract surgeries to Nigerians who cannot afford the payment. SHIN has been sponsoring the eye surgeries of Nigerians on a yearly basis.
In 2019, SHIN sponsored the eye surgeries of at least 115 Nigerian patients and 224 outward patients as part of its CSR in Nigeria.
Since it started the programme, SHIN has sponsored the eye surgeries of 572 Nigerian patients, 1,593 outward patients and has also donated glasses to 99 patients.
Due to outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the yearly Eye Camp for 2021 had been called off to adhere to Federal Government’s measures in response to the virus.
Consequently, SHIN and Vision Care came up with a fresh CSR initiative this year to donate 496 bags of rice (25kg) and 12,000 reusable face masks to three states in the country to fulfill their commitment of contributing to the society.
The items will be delivered later this month.
The three states that will benefit from the donation are Lagos, Kano and Bayelsa states.
Out of the 496 bags of rice, and 12,000 facemasks, Lagos will receive 96 bags of rice and 200 masks.
SHIN also stated that Kano State will receive 200 bags of rice and 5,000 masks, while Bayelsa State will get 200 bags and 5,000 masks.
“This is an additional CSR activity from SHI in addition to SHIN’s donation of 5,000 COVID-19 test kits from Korea. The washable masks that the head office has purchased from Korea are certified to retain its effectiveness against COVID-19 transmission for up to 50 washes,” SHIN said in a statement.
Senate Summons NICON, AIICO, Others Over N17.4bn Pension Remittances
The Senate Public Accounts Committee has summoned the management of the NICON Insurance Plc, AIICO Insurance and other insurance companies over their alleged failure to remit N17.4bn pension fund to the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate.
The Senate hinged the summon on the 2016 report of the Auditor-General for the Federation which unraveled the alleged non-remittance of N17.4bn pension fund to PTAD.
Appearing before the panel on Monday, the Executive Secretary of PTAD, Dr Chioma Ejikeme, informed the lawmakers that PTAD took over the assets and liabilities of the defunct pension offices without a formal handing over.
She said, “On taking over, the directorate wrote all underwriters to make returns and remit whatever amount that was in their custody into a CBN dedicated account.
“Some of the underwriters responded to the request while some did not.
“The bank certificate of balances, accounting statements, three years financial statements and policy files requested by the federal auditor were not handed over to PTAD at the time of consolidation.
“It is worthy to note that we discovered that N17.4bn which comprised of cash, securities and properties from the nine insurance underwriters was unremitted as a result of the letter PTAD sent to them.
“These figures represent the claims by the underwriters with regards to their indebtedness.
“In order to ascertain the true position of legacy funds in custody of underwriters, the directorate appointed a consultant in 2018 who carried out forensic audit of nine out the 12 insurance underwriters and produced a final report on the recovery of the legacy funds and assets for PTAD.”
Sterling Homes Plans To Reduce Housing Deficit
Sterling Homes Limited has said it is committed to working with the government through private public partnership to reduce housing deficit in all the geo-political zones in the country.
The Managing Director, Mr Kunle Adeyemi, said this during an event on the company’s rebranding organised as part of its 10th year anniversary in Lagos on Friday.
During the event, the company while expressing commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction, unveiled its new logo with colours to define its mission and objections.
“We want to be present in all the six geo-political zones on Nigeria by providing affordable luxury homes, excellent torch. So for us, there is a need for us to rebrand and have a new direction and vision.
“We want to partner with the government on the present housing deficit; we want to embrace a public, private partnership with the government to reduce the deficit in every geo-political zone.”
The managing director said that one of its unique selling points was its after sales services which was top notch.
He said it ensured that its customers were taken through the journey of actualising their dreams of becoming home owners.
While noting that everyone deserved to have a comfortable home despite the economic situation, he said it had designed a structure payment plan with zero interest in some cases to help intending home owners.
He said it also had provisions for high breed options and developing areas to accommodate various income levels.
Before the end of the year, he said, Sterling Homes would be establishing new presence and projects in other regions.
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