Lawmakers investigate registered aircrafts for air safety

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

Chamber of the Nigeria House of Representatives

The House of Representatives is to carry out a comprehensive audit of all registered aircraft in the country.

This is to ascertain their airworthiness and air safety compliance to enhance smooth air operation.

In a motion unanimously adopted, members expressed concern over an alleged complicity between airlines operators and the regulatory agencies.

Presenting the motion, Mr. Abubakar Amuda-Kannike said recent incidents in the aviation sector indicate the need for a holistic review and assessment on level of compliance and adherence to safety standards.

“Ideally, there must be periodic aircraft maintenance which includes overhaul, repair, inspection, or modifications of an aircraft or aircraft’s component and maintenance which incorporates such tasks as ensuring compliance with airworthiness directives,” Amuda-Kannike stressed.

He said the investigation will also evaluate the operational environment of the aviation sector with a view to enhance operational standards as well as convenience of users.

Experts report indicates that non-compliance with applicable airworthiness requirements exposes consumers and equipment to risks, potential dangers and discomfort that could averted.