Reps call for enforcement of aviation safety standards

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

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The Nigerian House of Representatives has urged the regulatory agencies in aviation to enforce all safety standards prescribed in the sector.

The House also urged the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, to ensure all aircrafts are adequately maintained and certify airworthy before commencing operation in the country.

These were parts of the resolution adopted in a motion under matters of urgent public importance on the need to forestall air crash and near mishaps in Nigerian Aviation Industry.

Presenting the motion before the plenary on Tuesday, Mr. Chris Emeka from Anambra State attributed most of air crashes in the country to poor weather condition.

He said “Air crashes and mishaps can rarely occur if all stakeholders and other concern authorities would adopt relevant apparatus to tackling the irregularities in the industry.

We believe that relevant agencies can work harder to ensure that no airline official is encouraged to take decision such as flying when the weather is not conducive.”

Economic Development
While stressing the importance of aviation sector to the economic development of a nation, the lawmakers advocated for effective air transportation system in the country.

Two weeks ago, Air Peace airline from Abuja overshoot the runway on landing at the Port-Harcourt International Airport in Rivers State, but none of the 94 passengers on board got injured.

Reconstruction and Resettlement
In another motion on the need to release the fund for the displaced individuals in Plateau State the House called on the Executive Arm of the Nigerian Government to release the Ten Billion Naira earmarked for the reconstruction and resettlement of villages affected by series of attacks in State.

Mr. Davou Simon a member from Plateau State while presenting the motion said that “it has been over a year now that the Vice President during his visit to the various IDP camps in the state told the displaced persons that Government had provided the money to Reconstruct the villages destroyed and resettle the people affected.”

The lawmaker informed the House that currently there were over Thirteen Thousands displaced persons in different Camps within the state.

Five New Bills were also introduced during the plenary.

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