FG suspends $300 helicopter levy, gives reasons

The Federal Government has temporarily suspended the proposed controversial $300 helicopter landing fee levied on operators.

Odutayo Oluseyi, Head, Press and Public Affairs Unit of the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development, disclosed this in a statement issued released to journalists in Lagos on Friday.

Oluseyi stressed that the collection of the levy was temporarily halted, to allow the ministry to address pressing concerns raised by industry stakeholders.

“We want to set the record straight here by stating that the Minister, Mr Festus Keyamo, (SAN), temporarily suspended the project to take a deeper look into issues raised by stakeholders”, the statement read.

“Contrary to reports, this suspension does not cancel the concession and mandate granted the consultants responsible for collecting the levy.

“Instead, a comprehensive review is underway to address issues and develop a forward-thinking approach.

“A specially-constituted committee, comprising representatives of the ministry, its relevant agencies, Airline Operators of Nigeria and the International Oil Companies (IOCs), is working to achieve this goal”.

According to the official of the aviation ministry, 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 concerned.

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

“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 toward 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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