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In Rivers, FG starts collecting helicopter landing fees

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The Federal Government has established a team to oversee its new project to collect landing and takeoff fees from helicopters operating on all platforms around the nation. This team is being led by its consultant.

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The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Naebi Dynamic, Chike Stanley, inaugurated the implementation committee for Rivers State on Thursday at the Port Harcourt Airport’s International Wing.

When he established a consortium in Port Harcourt to collect landing and takeoff fees from helicopters operating within the nation’s airspace, Stanley took the initiative to push the mandate assigned to the company by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

According to Sirika, the program will enhance the sector’s revenue creation and open up job opportunities around the nation.

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All aviation industry participants, including the Police, the Department of State Security (DSS), officials of the Rivers Government, and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), were included in the team that Stanley inaugurated.

In order for the company to fulfill its mandate, Stanley claimed that the implementation team would make it simple for it to access all of the platforms, oil rigs, airstrips, aerodromes, helipads, and helipods in Rivers.

He praised President Muhammadu Buhari and Sirika and claimed that the plan would help to create over 15,000 jobs in the near future and reduce young crime and unrest.

No right-thinking International Oil Company (IOC) would break the law as it is written in the modified NAMA Act, according to Stanley, who defined the action as an internationally recognised standard.

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He explained: “Among other things, among the platforms, oil rigs, airstrips, aerodromes, and helipads, among others, our responsibility is to collect helicopter landing fees for IOCs and LOCs. The goal of the effort is to enhance internally generated revenue and create jobs (IGR).

It also addresses security issues. Although difficult, it has been great. We are making progress. We have begun. At the airport, compliance is already present, and we expect for greater compliance. We are grateful to the Minister for constantly providing us with the assistance we require.

“I express my gratitude to the President of Nigeria for developing this platform. I appreciate the Minister of Aviation for standing his ground to support the creation of jobs for young people in Nigeria. More than 15,000 young people around the nation will find jobs thanks to this platform during the next five years.

“This will lessen some of the uncertainty. This chance will encourage them to participate. To inform the stakeholders of what has happened, we have phoned them. Both the Ministry of Petroleum and NNPC have received letters from them. We also recruit individuals from these communities for training, employment, and mentoring.

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“The meeting’s main message is that no IOCs are being targeted by anyone who attends. This is a means of informing the IOCs that access has been created at the government’s request in order to accomplish this.

“Receive them when you see them. As an IOC, you are aware that this is accepted procedure in the entire world of aviation.

“This is a Rivers State implementation committee. From one state to the next, we will go. We have pledged to do our utmost to fulfill the duty that has been entrusted to us by the federal government through an implementation team.

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