By Henry Umoru
THE newly appointed Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Biodun Olujimi, has assured Nigerians that the National Assembly would help find a lasting solution to the lingering crisis in the Aviation sector.
According to her, to achieve this, she would work in synergy with her counterpart in the House of Representatives.
Answering questions from Journalists yesterday in reaction to her new appointment as the Chairman of the Committee, Olujimi stressed the importance of the sector to the economy saying that the committee will ensure adequate oversight functions to the Ministry and agencies to ensure it thrives.
She said, “I thank the Senate President Ahmad Lawan for deeming it fit to give me the chairmanship of the committee.
“I have been in the committee from inception so I know what is happening there.
“What is important is to oversight all the agencies and the ministry to get to the root of the issues and tackle them headlong. There are serious challenges right now which we will sit together and iron out.
“The House of Representatives is already on it. We don’t usually overlap. When the lower house is on it, we always allow them finish and then pass it down.”
Olujimi who noted that since the House of Representatives is holding series of meetings with aviation stakeholders, said that the Senate will await their resolutions and act accordingly.
She said “We will have to work together; we will be proactive about it because the issues must be resolved. We cannot allow aviation to fail because that is the only way by which we can move around.
“With the serious insecurity that we are still witnessing, we must make aviation work. It is only through aviation we can surmount our problems for now. So aviation must not collapse.
“We must do everything to ensure that it stays afloat, we must get it back.”
Olujimi who noted that she would work with her predecessor, Sen. Smart Adeyemi, APC-Kogi to bring about the needed solution in the sector, said , “I believe I will also draw from the experience of my predecessor. I will tap into his knowledge and we will be able to work around.
“I will be good to work with the former chairman because he knows his onions because we are going to work hard to make success of the assignment “
The Senate had on Tuesday, Sept. 20, reshuffled leadership of some of its Standing Committees.
Following the announcement, Senator Smart Adeyemi who was the former chairman of committee on aviation has been moved to Chair the committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The former Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (PDP-Kebbi ) now chairs the Committee on Agriculture and Rural development.
While the former Deputy Minority Leader, Sen. Ibrahim Danbaba is to head the committee on Security and Intelligence and Sen. Michael Nnachi (PDP-Ebonyi) is now the Chairman Senate Committee on Diaspora and Inter-Governmental Agencies.