By Patrick Aigbokhan
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has constituted a five-man Appeal Panel to hear the appeal filed by First Nation’s Airways against civil sanctions imposed on the airline today.
The development was contained in a letter written to the airline on May 9, 2017, with reference number NCAA/DG/CSLA/RM/1-06/17/163.
The airline was informed that the Chairman and members of the Panel have considered their request and fixed new dates for definite hearing and determination of the appeal.
The new dates, now Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 June, 2017 still have their earlier time and venue unchanged.
In a release signed by Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, it stated that, “Procedurally, First Nation Airways and its Pilot are requested to submit written witness statements and submissions in support of or against the appeal. This would be submitted in 10 hard and soft copies and forwarded to the Secretary of the Panel.
“He will thereafter distribute same to all members of the Panel before the due date.”
NCAA said that during hearing of the appeal, the Appeal Panel may, at its discretion allow time for oral submissions if deemed necessary.
The regulatory agency added that members of the Panel are drawn from two other airline operators, a private aviation lawyer and observers from NCAA, and the Panel has since commenced sitting.
It will be recalled that First Nation Airways and one of its Pilots were fined 32 million naira and 1.5 million naira respectively for violation of safety regulations in November, last year.
NCAA however stated that, while carrying out its statutory safety oversight responsibilities, it will continue to ensure fairness and responsiveness in our engagement with all the industry stakeholders.