By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Senator Gbenga Ashafa, representing Lagos East Senatorial District and the Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport has commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Executive Council for taking swift action in response to the series of near mishaps that had engulfed the aviation industry in the recent past.
In a statement at the weekend, Ashafa stated that, “On Tuesday, 6th March, 2018, I sponsored a motion on the floor of the Senate on the “The need to minimize the possibility of Air Mishaps and near Fatalities in Nigeria” This motion was borne out of my genuine concern for the safety of the lives of the Millions of Nigerians who make use of our aviation facilities on a daily basis.
“Pursuant to the Prayers of the said motion, the Senate decided to invite Minister of State for Transportation (Aviation) Senator, Hadi Sirika to appear before the Senate in order to give a full briefing on the steps being taken to minimize human errors and avoid preventable air crashes in the Aviation Industry and further urged Minister of State for Transportation (Aviation) to immediately direct all relevant agencies in the aviation industry to conduct a maintenance and airworthiness audit on all commercial aircraft operating within the Nigerian Airspace.”
Ashafa stated further that; “While the Senate is yet to receive the Minister, I must commend the swift attention that the His Excellency, President Muhamadu Buhari and the entire Federal Executive Council gave to the issue of Safety in our aviation sector at the Federal Executive Council Meeting of Wednesday 7th March, 2018.”
He noted that “The steps already taken by the Hon. Minister and his team, including ordering the complete audit of Dana airlines in terms of personnel, operations and technical capacity should be extended to other operators as well in order to have a holistic overview of the sector.”
The Senator therefore, seized the opportunity to call for continued synergy between all arms of Government. In his words “It is important that all arms of Government continue to work together and complement each other as it relates to every issue that affects the life of the unit Nigerian. We must continue to adopt this collaborative approach in order to ensure that the premium placed on the life of each Nigerian is felt by every Nigerian.”