January 30, 2023



Some airline operators sponsoring smear marketing campaign towards CBN, CSO alleges

A safety and human rights advocacy group, Save Nigeria Motion (SNM), has accused some international and native airline operators of sponsoring smear marketing campaign towards the Nigerian authorities with deal with the Central Financial institution of Nigeria.

The CSO’s accusation is coming following threats by some international airways to droop operations within the nation over alleged delay in repatriation of income.

An announcement signed by convener of SNM, Rev. Solomon Semaka, famous that unbiased investigations into the problems surrounding airline operators and the federal authorities present that the federal government will not be in any approach arm-twisting the operators.

“These plots, in line with our investigations, to say the very least are unfair and unconscionable given the true place of occasions resulting in the debacle between airways and aviation authorities over repatriation of their income in {dollars}.

“Recall that the aviation Minister Sen. Hadi Sirika had on many events made the place of presidency fairly very clear on the subject material of income repatriation because of international airways.

“The Affiliation of Journey Companies of Nigeria had additionally counseled the CBN for her intervention when the financial institution launched a part of the income not too way back; it additional urged the beneficiaries to react to the optimistic growth however to no avail to our data.

“Once more , the CBN in August made it away from her position which was targeted on a seamless switch of income because of any operator, and the apex financial institution backed up her phrase with the discharge of about $265,000,000 to the airline operators.

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“All data at our disposal factors to at least one course. That the CBN is just excited about releasing funds to whoever is entitled to it and has completed so in line with laid down process as confirmed by current releases to applicable airways.

“Whatever the established innocence on the a part of the apex financial institution , makes an attempt to tug the Central Financial institution of Nigeria into sundry aviation issues is relatively a unnecessary distraction at a time the apex financial institution is consolidating on the full restoration of the financial system,” Rev Semaka said.

The convener of the group made the assertion on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of 2022 Police Strategic Retreat for senior officers from the rank of Commissioner of Police and above held in Owerri Imo state, the place his group participated as particular visitor of the Nigerian Police Power (NPF).

President Buhari had additionally attended the opening ceremony of the occasion earlier than travelling in another country.

Rev. Semaka additional famous that politicians and international brokers ought to place the curiosity of the nation first earlier than their political and financial agenda.

“How does a international airline that has loved monumental goodwill from the nation when it comes to tax waivers, licenses out of the blue flip towards the nation specializing in important establishments such because the CBN because of a traditional procedural delay in launch of its income?

”That is unfair” and to say the least the Central Financial institution who’re simply the center males can’t be a scapegoat or an instrument of vengeance towards the Nigerian authorities. Anyone is free to function or dwell, however they can’t carry down our nation’s establishments earlier than exiting the nation.

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“We recommendation the involved airways to discover the extra honourable path of dialogue to discover a widespread floor devoid of blackmail and arm-twisting which is under Worldwide requirements,” the assertion added.

The group warned that any try and sponsor unfavourable narratives towards the Central Financial institution of Nigeria in no matter guise shall be resisted with penalties and urged most of the people to be vigilant whereas disregarding such sponsored smear campaigns aimed toward distracting the Apex financial institution in its drive to stabilise the financial system.