Arik operated without spare tyres, other essential equipment – AMCON

Arik Air. (Photo Credit: Punch)
Arik Air. (Photo Credit: Punch)

Nigeria’s largest airline, Arik Air, operated without spare tyres and other important equipment necessary to facilitate operations, the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON, has said.

Addressing a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, AMCON spokesperson, Jude Nwauzor, noted that until the airline was taken over by the corporation in February, it operated without adequate equipment.

According to AMCON, the former management of Arik Airlines were basically gambling with the lives of millions of people that patronize the airline because it did not care about safety.

The corporation noted that critical operational arrangement such as having a simulator, which would have ensured that Arik pilots undertook mandatory trainings as required to improve their efficiency, were non-existent.

AMCON also said that the airline had inadequate equipment to facilitate its operations, which reflected in the insufficient laptops available at the airports to conduct basic checks.

Similarly, Mr. Nwauzor disclosed that the airline was indebted to the tune of N375 billion naira in local debt, adding that it also accumulated foreign debt totalling 31 million euros and $6.5 million.

Details later…


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  • charles

    Has AMCON since its takeover done any upgrade on Ariks equipment…..I doubt it. So rather than all this negative publicity which would affect the credibility of the airline, AMCON should fix loopholes within Ariks operations and try to steer the airline back to full and profitable operations.

    • Abel Nwanokwai

      There are thousands of passengers in the UK who have either flown to Nigeria or pre paid their flights with Arik air before Amcon took it over in February. There is no news from Amcon or the Ministry of Aviation about the monies paid or the plights of stranded passengers. Taking over is about providing information and managing situation effectively.

  • concerned nigerian

    AMCON should stop the politicking. Do you need spare tyres to fly a plane? Do you change the spares in the air? Tell us if the tyres in the planes were bad and not whether they had spares. Have you fixed the issues since taking over? Now that you have taking over, let us see how you run an airline. Arik may have had their issues with management, but that is not the only problem with airlines in Nigeria. It is a struggle for any airline to survive in Nigeria with all the fees and government bottlenecks. How many Nigerian airlines survive or are the Management of all airlines evil? Let us see what you can do now that you have taking over and stop calling a dog a bad name in order to hang it!

    • GbemigaO

      Am shocked ! Which airline flies without adequate stock of spare parts for operation?

  • FineBoy

    NCAA should be charged for allowing these gaps.
    AMCON should liquidate Arik and save tax payers money

  • Impulse400

    Shame on AMCON. Organization of financial hit-men and hatchet jobbers for foreign powers. What have you achieved concerning improvement, since you took over ARIK..? Nothing!!! Because you never intended to uplift ARIK, only to make money from it in pieces. But you have seen that ARIK is to big to be sold or shut down at once. Now that you are forced to prove yourselves in the Aviation industry, you are here pointing your bony fingers. RRogues!!! You think it is easy for borrowers to return money based on armed robber interest rates while you cross legs in your A/C and your white collar shirts and Goat-tie…? TURN ARIK AIR AROUND AND STOP GIVING A DDOG A BAD NAME TO HANG IT!!! Or simply hang the dog without drama and make suya.!

    Why all this story? No spare tires… because they change tire in the air. Which Airline in the history of this country has a simulator…? Is it not your training schools in Zaria that should have the simulators…? And some gullible Nigerians will accept your lies and throw themselves into panic without reasoning it that you Nigerian elites controlling our financial sector are just a bunch of evill rogues, unfortunate to acquire premium education.

    If only Nigerians knew better, your type should never be given responsibilities concerning the welfare of another human being.