Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
The House of Representatives, Wednesday, mandated its committee on Aviation to investigate activities of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the Nigerian Airspace Management Authority (NAMA) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), with a view to ascertaining the extent to which they comply with their responsibilities of ensuring the airworthiness of aircrafts operating within the country’s airspace.
The House also urged the NAMA to ensure there is regular update of the weather conditions for the departure of airlines and ensure that airline operators do not schedule flights for periods where air transportation is unsafe.
The resolutions by the House was sequel to motion entitled “Need Regulatory Authorities to Conduct Routine Checks on the State of Aircrafts Operating in the Nigerian Airspace and make Public the Reports” sponsored by Sergius Ogun and adopted by the House.
He said with the regulatory agencies, and the range of functions they are mandated to carry out, the frequency of plane crashes in the country calls to question the expertise and competence of the agencies.
“Laws such as the Montreal Convention, 1999, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulation, 2012 make ample provisions to compensate victims of air crashes for loss of lives and injuries, but such provisions are incapable of replacing the lost lives.
“If a thorough investigation of the activities of airline operators are carried out with a view to ascertaining the airworthiness of aircrafts operating in the country, it will help in no small measure to minimize the frequency of plane crashes in Nigeria and also significantly improve the ratings of the Nigerian Aviation sector globally”, Ogun said.