National Assembly pledges support, lauds strides in aviation

The huge infrastructure gap at many of the country’s airports may have convinced the National Assembly of the need to approve more funding for the country’s aviation industry as the lawmakers have pledged to lift the sector.

This was the submission of the joint committees of the Senate and House of Representatives on Aviation during an oversight visit to the Accident Investigation Bureau, (AIB) and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) in Lagos on Thursday.

The duo of Senator Smart Adeyemi and Nnolim Nnaji, Senate and House Committees’ Chairmen on Aviation who lead the National Assembly members on the visit, promised to continually engage the Ministry of Aviation and the aviation agencies to ensure that the success achieved so far was sustained.

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The National Assembly members who inspected facilities of the two agencies in Lagos were impressed with the progress that has been made in the sector in the last couple of years and stressed that” as legislators, we will continue to collaborate with the Ministry and the agencies to give our people the best reliable aviation industry “.


They commended the two chief executives for their display of knowledge, skill, and mastery of the industry describing them as square pegs in square holes.

The Senate and House Committees’ leaderships equally frowned at the increasing problems of flight delays and cancellations across the country stressing that the developments were taking tolls on businesses.

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The two chairmen declared that “situations, where Nigerian travelers are constantly subjected to constant long waits at the airports on account of flight delays and cancellations, will no longer be tolerated”.

Adeyemi and Nnaji disclosed that the committees of both chambers have resolved to invite the chief executives of the relevant aviation agencies and the airlines to discuss the way out of the mess.

“We need to know what the problems really are and see how to get out of them. All you keep hearing is that the flights are delayed due to operational reasons. We want to what those reasons are”. They declared..

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Chairman, House of Representative Committee on Aviation, Nnolim Nnaji

The oversight continues tomorrow with visits to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA) and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, (NIMET) on Friday.

Wole Shadare