Aviation: Reps to probe debt crisis in aviation sector

The House of Representatives has resolved to probe the report of a debt crisis in the aviation industry.

This resolution followed a motion moved by Taofeek Adeyemi (APC, Lagos) during Wednesday’s plenary.

The House Committee on Aviation was mandated by lawmakers to investigate the reported debt crisis.

Moving the motion, Adeyemi said the aviation sector is pivot to job creation and economic growth.

“Aviation Industry plays a pivotal role in providing a rapid worldwide transportation network, which makes it essential for global activities;

“The Industry generates economic growth, creates employment and facilitates international trade and tourism and other essential services, like defence.”

He added that the Nigerian government has invested massively in the aviation sector thereby heightening the expectations of stakeholders.

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The lawmaker made reference to the statement by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika that airlines are owing billions to agencies, like the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

He noted that “debt claims and counterclaims are misleading, unprofessional, unethical and strongly deviate from the tenets of transparency and accountability.”

Adeyemi noted that the investigation will straighten the records and proffer lasting solutions to the debt crisis in the Industry

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