Federal Government Offers Clarifications On Suspension Of Helicopter Landing Levies

Federal Government Offers Clarifications On Suspension Of Helicopter Landing Levies

Federal Government has offered clarifications on the suspension in the collection of helicopter landing levy granted to its concessionaire, saying the enforcement of the project  was temporarily halted to address pressing concerns raised by industry players.

In a document sighted by the media titled : “Aviation Industry Update : Clearing the Air on Helicopter Landing Levies Collection ,” it  affirmed that  recent reports concerning the project seemed to have sparked confusion among aviation industry stakeholders as it relates to the project.

To set the record straight, the document affirmed that  the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo temporarily suspended the project to  take a deeper look into the issues raised by stakeholders.

It said: “Contrary to reports, this suspension does not cancel the concession and mandate granted the consultants responsible for collecting these levies.

“Instead, a comprehensive review is underway to address issues and develop a forward-thinking approach. A specially constituted Committee, comprising representatives from the Ministry, its relevant Agencies, Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), International Oil Companies (IOCs) is working to achieve this goal.

“The Committee’s primary objective is to develop a workable framework for implementing compliance with landing levy payments, ensuring a win-win situation for all stakeholders.

“By doing so, the industry can move forward in a spirit of collaboration and mutual understanding.

“It is important to note that the suspension is a temporary measure aimed at resolving the current impasse. The Minister has reiterated his commitment to finding a lasting solution that benefits all parties involved. The Committee’s recommendations will be crucial in shaping the future of helicopter landing levies collection and ensuring a sustainable and thriving aviation industry.

“Accurate  reporting is central to the progress of the project. By doing so, we can foster a more informed and supportive environment for the aviation industry to thrive. Let’s embrace this opportunity for constructive dialogue and collective growth.

“We urge all stakeholders to remain calm and supportive as we work together towards a resolution. The aviation industry is a vital sector that deserves our collective effort to ensure its continued growth and success.”

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Albinus Chiedu

Albinus Chiedu is a journalist, aviation media consultant, events management professional, and author. He has practiced journalism since 2000.

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