The task force report on the aviation industry released recently has blamed the incessant plane crashes witnessed in the country on the dearth of core aviators.
The task force, led by Air Vice Marshall Paul Dike, observed that the dearth of core aviators in the agency occasioned by forced retirement and premature disengagement, were responsible for the air crashes.
The report recommended that technical staff training should be improved as this would strengthen capabilities of civil aviation agencies in discharging their duties efficiently and effectively, and invariably reposition the aviation industry.
The report also recommended that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, be re-organised in line with ICAO document nine procedures for an airworthiness organisation.
It also said the restructured NCAA should have flight strategy overview department to be manned by high integrity and charged personnel licensing and training, aircraft operation.
The report also said that an operations inspection unit be established and operated as an independent entity, directly responsible to the Director-General, while it stressed that the size of the unit should be a function of the scale of the flight operations conducted in Nigeria by both commercial and general aviation.
The report recommended, in the short term, that government should grant autonomy to NCAA. It also observed that the existing legal frame work governing the aviation industry in Nigeria does not give NCAA the necessary operational and financial autonomy to effectively regulate the industry.
The report noted that it is important that the new Civil Aviation Bill should contain all the necessary provisions that will make NCAA autonomous and that government should expedite passage of the bill, which should have been passed in 2006.