The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation on Monday asked the Federal Government to suspend plans for the concession of four of the nation’s airports.
The Chairman, House Committee on Aviation, Nnolim Nnaji who gave the directive, on Monday, at a meeting between the committee and officials of the Federal Ministry of Aviation said this is pending the resolution of all contentious issues.
Nnaji said a halt in the planned concession is imperative, so as to avoid an industrial dispute in the aviation sector, which would not be in the overall interest of the country.
The committee also said the concerns raised by labour unions and workers form part of the reason for the call to suspend the concession plan of the Federal Government.
The House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Aviation to investigate the activities of the agencies regulating the air transport sector.
The House gave the mandate on Wednesday during a plenary in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The resolution followed the consideration of a motion sponsored by a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Edo State, Sergius Ogun.
The Aviation Committee has been directed to ascertain the extent to which the regulatory agencies comply with their responsibilities of ensuring the airworthiness of aircrafts operating within the nation’s airspace.
The House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Aviation to investigate malpractices by airline operators in Nigeria’s airspace and their treatment of passengers.
The decision was reached on Tuesday during plenary, after Honourable Rita Orji moved a motion on the need for airline operators in Nigeria to adhere to international best practices.
Some of the lawmakers, who contributed while deliberating on the motion, said airline operators in Nigeria engaged in many malpractices, ranging from cancellation of scheduled flights to outright sale of ticket by its passengers.
The leadership of the House of Representatives also met with chairmen and deputy chairmen of the standing committees in the House.
At the meeting, the Speaker, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, got a reassurance of unflinching support from the chairmen and deputy chairmen of the standing committees in the House.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, the Chief Whip of the lower chamber, Honourable Ado Alhassan, said only two lawmakers rejected the position of chairman given to them by the Speaker.
One of the victims of the Dana Airline crash of June 3, 2012, Daniel Omowumi, has revealed that he was yet to be compensated for the loss he suffered on the day of the crash.
Describing his ordeal on Channels Television’s Sunrise, Mr. Omowumi stated that as a result of the Dana Airline aircraft which crashed into a residential area in Lagos, he lost four houses and a fish pond.
Omowumi, who escaped death because he was in church on the day of the crash, alleged that the airline had shown signs that it was not willing to compensate him for his losses.
Although the case had been taken to court, he revealed that the airline has refused to take his case seriously despite his lawyer having written to them.
“My lawyer has been writing to them and they have not replied. It is so clear that they don’t want to pay because every document that they have asked for has been provided to them”, he noted.
He further stated that he had met with the management of the Airline who gave assurances of the company getting him back to the state he was before the crash incident but unfortunately no word had since come from them.
Mr. Omowumi also revealed that he had written to the House Committee on Aviation and also the Ministry of Aviation to come to his aid but was yet to also get any word from them.
He reaffirmed his determination to get compensation from the airline.