Reps seek budgetary allocation for NAMA, says agency critical to safety

The Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Nnolim Nnaji has described Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, (NAMA) as a critical safety arm of the aviation sector that should not be ignored.

Nnaji stated this during the committee’s 2023 budget defence meeting with the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika who led the Ministry officials to the National Assembly on Tuesday.

The Chairman’s remarks were prompted by the omission of the agency in the 2023 appropriation Bill which according to him would be corrected.

He however stressed the need for the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika to give clarification on the exclusion of NAMA in the 2023 budget even as he added that his committee was already deliberating on the issue with Senate Committee counterpart to ensure that the anomaly was rectified during appropriation process.

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Nnaji noted that the prevailing security challenges have put enormous pressure on the available infrastructures in the industry and as such the country could not afford to neglect the needs of a safety agency like NAMA.

The committee chairman disclosed that the committee would critically examine the performance of the Ministry’s budget from 2020 to 2022 because some of the projects had been ongoing since 2020.

He stressed that the committee expected the current budget performance report should comprise the full implementation details of the two previous budget years.

Wole Shadare