Chairman House Committee on Aviation, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, says the federal government should declare a state of emergency in the aviation sector.
She said this while briefing the House on “the impact of economic recession on Nigeria’s aviation sector”, Vanguard reports.
“The current economic recession in Nigeria is having its toll on the sector, especially the operations of domestic airlines. In the last two weeks, some domestic airline operators suspended flights. On Wednesday, August 31, Aero Contractors announced suspension of scheduled services from Thursday, September 1, 2016. Shortly afterwards, Arik Air followed suit.”
Adding that if the recession is not curbed, the sector could lose over 400 pilots, 1,200 crew members and over 1,000 travel agents.
She points out that the proposed sale of assets isn’t the way out. And that the Federal Ministry of Aviation’s proposed concession of four airports poses a threat to the economy.
As a way out, Nkeiruka proposed that the FG call for an emergency stakeholders meeting to address the effects of the recession on the sector and declare a state of emergency, if need be.