By Chinelo Obogo
Following the release of the 19-page damning safety audit report by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), indicting Azman Air of N1.5 billion debt and top airline officials of lacking understanding of their responsibilities, the embattled airline has sacked its Acting Head of Maintenance, Zakaria Al Najjar and appointed a new Flight Safety Officer.
In a bid to commence enactment of its Corrective Action Plan (CAP) on the management area of its audits, the Human Resource Manager of the airline, Magaji Mohammed Misau, released letters on April 4, announcing the appointment of Wusbam Vungmo as new Head of Maintenance , while Muhammed Mahi was appointed as Flight Safety Officer replacing Captain Tijani who resigned his appointment from the airline recently.
The audit findings which was signed by the Director General of NCAA, Captain Nuhu Musa, on April 2, 2021, showed that in the case of management personnel required for Commercial Air Transport Operations, the airline was found not to be in compliance with the provisions of Nig.CARs 18.104.22.168 (a) and (e) (2).
However, despite the direct indictment of Muhammad Abdulmunaf, the son of the airline’s owner and the accountable manager by the NCAA, which accused him of exhibiting lack of understanding of his duties and responsibilities as contained in the Operations Manuals which the agency said is shown by lack of evidence of his involvement in Management Reviews of Quality Audit Findings, he was retained.
On March 16, the NCAA suspended the operations of all the Boeing 737 aircraft in the fleet of Azman Air Services Limited over safety concerns after a series of incidents and immediately commenced an audit which covered flight operations, management, maintenance and economic using criteria from Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs) Part 9, NCARS Part 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 20 and Nigeria Civil Aviation Act 2006 NCARS, Part 18.
The audit findings also stated that Azman Air Ltd was found to be in violation of Nig.CARs 18.10.3 regarding the submission of monthly financial health reports to the NCAA. The airline was also found to be in violation of Section 12 (1) of Civil Aviation Act, 2006 as regards to non-remittance of five percent Ticket Sales Charge.
This is evidenced by the airline being indebted to the authority to the tune of N1,545,262,120.31 as at December, 2020.