Ministerial nominee seeks return of national carrier

 Edwin AKWUEH, Abuja

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Former Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika, has re-emphasized the need for the Nigerian government to reconsider the issue of a national carrier.

Senator Sirika who was among the nominees screened by the Senate on Friday, stated this while revealing his plans for the air transportation industry if he returns to that same position he held in the last tenure.

He also clarified some of the misunderstandings concerning the Akanu Ibiam airport located in Enugu, south east Nigeria, saying that illegal structures, farms, and telecoms masks around the airport, constituted threats to security of travellers.

Swearing in
Also for the first time on a Friday, Nigerians witnessed the swearing in of Senator Benjamin Uwajimogu whose certificate of return was only issued a day earlier by the INEC after spending months in court challenging INEC’s delay to release his certificate of return.

It was day three of the ministerial screening exercise by the Senate, and Senator Uwajimogu said he was pleased to join his colleagues after taking his oath of office.

Asset Declaration
Meanwhile, Senator Lawrence Erujakpor has warned that some of the nominees may be disqualified at the point of confirmation, for failure to submit their asset declaration evidence as required by the constitution.

He alerted the Senate on the issue through a point of order, saying that it must not be swept under the carpet.

In a similar vein, former Attorney General of the federation Abubakar Malami, has explained that President Buhari has brought sanity and prudence in the management of Nigeria’s scarce resources.

Addressing Senators during his screening as a minister nominee, Mr. Malami also submitted that the government had recorded success in the prosecution of corrupt cases.

On the alleged failure of the Buhari led administration to obey court orders, Senators cited such cases as those of El-Zaky Zaky and Dasuki, the former AGF noted that the constitution empowers government to act on behalf of the citizens.

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