Abuja - The Ministry of Aviation on Wednesday in Abuja directed all agencies under it to adopt the automation processing in revenue collection to stop loss of government funds.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Joe Obi, the Special Adviser to Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah.
The Minister decried the collection of revenue manually before the directive noting that the former system had led to huge losses as a result of the leakages inherent in the manual procedure.
Director General of NCAA, Dr Harold Demuren, and other Heads of Agency in the Ministry were also quoted in the statement as describing the old system of revenue collection as fraudulent.
``The former manual process of revenue collection was fraught with a lot of challenges. Apart from the leakages, the agencies were being owed heavily by airlines and other bodies we provide with services.
``Therefore, we are very pleased with the new development because every agency will now have its share of revenue deducted and remitted to it at source automatically.
``Moreover, there is an automated window where every agency can view every transaction, making the system very transparent and efficient one.
``Aviation agencies had literally been using baskets to fetch water and you know what you get when you use a basket to fetch water, the system was fraught with too many leakages.
``Fortunately, that era is behind us now,’’ Demuren said.
According to the statement, agencies that are captured in the exercise include the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
The Minister stated that ``First Bank of Nigeria Plc, in tandem with Experts and professional bodies like International Air Transport Association (IATA) SITA, and Avitech; a Software Provider, amongst others would lead the collection process.
``Avitech is to provide the automation platform and has a tripartite agreement with the NCAA, the airline operators and their individual banks’’.