NASS Aviation Committee Investigates AMCON Intended Use Of Arik Assets For NG Eagle
The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation has resolved to investigate the alleged plan by Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) to float Nigeria Eagle Airline with Arik assets. This is to enable the committee ascertain the true situation and ensure that the aspect of the liabilities are duly resolved.
The committee chairman, Honourable Nnolim Nnaji emphasized that, “if truly AMCON is taking over the assets of Arik Air and handing them over to another legal entity, the aspect of liabilities must be addressed so that public funds are not lost”.
“You cannot acquire assets and leave liabilities. It is not done. We are not going to allow it because apart from the Arik’s indebtedness to the agencies, the 25% statutory remittances of the agencies to the Consolidated Accounts is there too” he said.
The committee was reacting to a petition jointly addressed to the Chairman, Honourable Nnolim Nnaji by the Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionas, (ANAP) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN) branch of the National Union of Pensioners, (NUP).
On this basis, the committee in Abuja yesterday said the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA) should not issue Air Operators’ Certificate, (AOC) to the Nigeria Eagle Airline being midewifed by the AMCON.
AMCON according to the petitioners had acquired Arik Air properties and decided to change name to Nigeria Eagle Airline to evade payment of the monumental debts owed to all the aviation agencies by Arik AIr. AMCON had for the past four years taken over Arik Air on receivership due to its insolvency.
They, (Petitioners) further alleged that AMCON has changed the livery on Arik Air aircraft to Nigeria Eagle Airline which showed that it had fully acquired Arik Air assets but wanted to abdicate it’s liabilities through name change.
ANAP and NUP affirmed that they were petitioning the committee to restrict NCAA from issuing AOC to Nigeria Eagle Airline to avoid a repeat of what happened in the case of Bellview Airlines which transformed to First Nation Airways and the aviation agencies ended up losing billions of naira owed by the defunct Bellview Airlines.