The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has directed all airlines (Domestic and Charter) operating in the country to forward in full un-remitted funds accruable to the authority within 60 days without further delay.
The General Manager, Public Relations, Mr Sam Adurogboye, who made this known in a statement to newsmen, stated that the directive was handed down at a meeting with the operators on non-remittance of 5 per cent Ticket, Cargo and Charter Sales Charges [TSA/TCA] held at the Authority’s Headquarters Annex Wednesday, April 20, 2016.
He further informed that the Director General of the NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, presided at the meeting in company of the authority’s top management staff.
The DG said that the directive has to do with the 5 per cent TSA/TCA collected at source from the air passengers by the airlines on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
These sales charges, he explained are to enable all aviation agencies carry out their responsibilities of providing safe, secure and efficient regulatory services for the overall benefits of all aviation stakeholders.
The DG listed the areas the meeting covered to include: imperativeness that all unremitted funds must be forwarded in full to the NCAA immediately and desist from using these funds ‘’held in trust’’;the ongoing 5% Ticket/Cargo/Charter/Sales Charges automation of payments which offers real-time transparent transactions must be completed within two(2) months in order to remove endless reconciliation of data and reduce high debt profile of Airlines to NCAA and reconciliation of all outstanding debts must be completed within sixty(60) days.
Other areas the meeting covered include; FAAN-Passenger Service Charge (PSC); Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS)-5% VAT; NCAA 5 per cent ticket Sales Charges (TSC) and any add-on charge, surcharge or any other miscellaneous added on passenger ticket must be approved by the authority before applying these charges on passenger tickets.
Adurogboye hinted that after exhaustive deliberations between NCAA team led by the DG on one hand and Operators by Capt Chimara Imediegwu of First Nation on the other, agreement was reached by all parties on all the issues raised.
The operators however asked for adjournment till Wednesday the 27th of April, 2016 to enable the Airlines hold further consultations on the Time Line and its implementations.
In attendance were the top officials from DANA Airlines, Azman Airlines, Medview Airlines, Chanchangi, Overland Airways among others.