Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Director General, Captain Musa Nuhu yesterday said the authority will hold a meeting with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN and Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, over the current bird strike at the nation’s airports.
The meeting becomes urgent, according to the DG, because of the two bird strikes that occurred barely 24 hours interval at two airports in the country.
The first one involved Aero Contractors aircraft at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Port Harcourt on Monday. The second bird strike occurred later yesterday, Tuesday, at the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano. Max Air aircraft with Ado Bayero, the Emir of Kano and 139 other passengers aboard was struck by birds on take-off and the pilot had to make an air return.
According to reports, the Max Air aircraft, a Boeing 737 aircraft with the registration number: 5N: BBM had departed Kano for Abuja airport but made an air return barely nine minutes later when three engine blades were attacked by birds on take-off at the airport.
The attack was said to have caused a big bang on the aircraft and brought agitations to the aboard passengers who were unsure of the kind of attack the aeroplane suffered. The pilot-in-command later informed the passengers about the nature of the incident and returned to the base to disembark the passengers.
Confirming the meeting and the two bird strike incidences, Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General, NCAA, said that the incident was similar to the one that happened on Monday in Port Harcourt to one of Aero Contractors aircraft.
He also explained that NCAA had immediately called for a meeting with the management of FAAN) and NAMA ” to deliberate on how such occurrence could be curbed in the future as bird strike could cause grave damage to aircraft.” Captain Nuhu said: ” We are meeting with FAAN and NAMA on this issue of bird strikes at our airports “.
CBN warns banks over foreign exchange malpractices
The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has insisted that the FX operating license of any bank or banks that are found guilty of ongoing investigations in foreign exchange malpractices would be suspended for at least a year.
The circular signed today by the Director Trade and Exchange Department, CBN, Ozoemena Nnaji stated: “In line with the continuing close surveillance of our financial markets in general and the FX market in particular, the CBN wishes to remind all banks that it is their responsibility to not only Know their Customers (KYC requirements) but also Know their customers’ business (KYCB requirements).
“Given these responsibilities and in view of recent occurrences in the market, the CBN would like to remind banks to desist from all and any forms of FX malpractices.
“We wish to reiterate that the FX operating license of any bank or banks that are found culpable with ongoing investigations would be suspended for at least one year. Please note and ensure compliance.”
Naira hits historic low of 543 against dollar
The naira has continued to depreciate on the parallel market, selling for N543 to the dollar on Thursday.
The bureau de change operators in Abuja bought dollar at N540, then it was sold for N543.
The British Pound was also sold for £1/N740.
This comes 44 days after the Central Bank of Nigeria barred sale of Forex to all bureau de change operators across the country.
On June 27, 2021, the CBN ended the sales of Forex to BDCs saying the parallel market had become a conduit for illicit Forex flows and graft.
The CBN said it would also no longer process applications for BDC licences in the country.