The Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun has bluntly declared he will not fly local airlines in Nigeria because of the deficiencies in the operations and managements of the airlines.
Speaking at public hearing organised by the House Committee on Aviation on the need to rescue airline industry from imminent collapse, on Monday, Lasun who was a delegate to Speaker Yakubu Dogara, said he had repeatedly refused to patronise the country’s airlines as a result crashes of the aeroplanes.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika stated that for Nigeria’s airlines to compete viably in the aviation sector, trillions of naira will be required to rehabilitate and equip the industry.
According to the minister, there was no going back in the concession of the airports in the country even as he promised that the process will be transparent. Mr. Sirika assured that in the next 10 years, there would be 60 million passengers patronising the nation’s airports but that it would not be possible without putting in place all the enabling environments, adding that the viability of the airport was subject to the activities happening at the airports.
The Aviation minister also addressed the issue of flight suspension by domestic airlines, and he said some of the airlines were “structurally deficient and financially unhealthy.”
He added that the government is doing everything possible to make them economically active by establishing a national carrier, a Repair, Maintenance and Overhaul (MRO) facility and an aviation leasing company.
The Air Traffic Service Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSAN, through its National President, Comrade Benjamin Okewu, had earlier opposed the concession of airports, hinging its opposition on the nature and structure of the Federal Airport Aviation of Nigeria, FAAN.