The Director-General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Dr. Musa Nuhu, has said the issue of contaminated Jet A1 sold to Max Air in recent months occurred from a supplier at Yola Airport.

He said this during an exclusive interview with The PUNCH, while speaking on the outcome of the investigation.

The DGCA said, “Contrary to the initial understanding, it was not three suppliers that were found guilty in the case of contaminated Jet A1 fuel. The situation involved aircraft refuelling at three different locations, which does not equate to three separate suppliers being at fault.

“It is essential to clarify that contamination issues were not widespread across Nigeria; they were isolated incidents.

“The contamination problem originated from a specific fuel supplier at Yola Airport, with no association to other suppliers or locations. The contamination did not affect every airport or operator in Nigeria.”

He said the NCAA and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority that oversee the downstream sector of the petroleum industry, were collaborating closely on this matter.

According to him, “They have been examining the records of fuel suppliers at airports, identifying those with valid certifications, and taking action against those with expired or missing certifications to ensure compliance.

“To clarify, the process involves two stages: certification by NMDPRA followed by airport-specific certification. This multi-tiered approach aims to guarantee the quality and safety of Jet A1 fuel supplied to airlines operating in Nigeria.

“These measures are vital to prevent incidents like the Yola Airport contamination from recurring and ensure the overall integrity of the aviation fuel supply chain in the country.”

He said the issue was being looked into and treated as a solo issue.

“Authorities are taking proactive steps to rectify the situation, strengthen oversight, and enforce compliance across the industry to safeguard the safety and reliability of aviation fuel in Nigeria,” he said.

The airline has since resumed flight operations.

In recent weeks, there were concerns regarding the quality of Jet A1 fuel in Nigeria.

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, had enforced the suspension of Max Air after some of the airline’s aircraft were involved in series of incidents, one of which showed the moment water was being drained from one of the airline’s planes while on ground in Yola.

A few weeks after the suspension, the DGCA stated that the agency was investigating some oil companies in relation to the contamination of Jet A1 sold to the airline.

He was quoted to have said three aviation fuel suppliers had been identified in the course of its investigation into the circumstances that led to the contamination in the commodity supplied to Max Air.

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