The House of Representatives will continue to support total reforms in the aviation industry, a key contributor to the growth of the country’s economy, through legislation, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila has said.
The Speaker, who gave the position of the House at the opening of a 3-day public hearing session on six aviation-sector bills by the Committee on Aviation, said the draft legislation would make the sector more effective and efficient. “It is not out of question that the establishment laws for the service-provider Aviation agencies like Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology and the regulatory body: Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, are far from meeting up with the international best practices hence the need to amend and bring them in conformity with the international best standards”. “It is imperative to note that the development of our aviation industry is an added advantage to the growth of our economy. It is in this vein that the House of Representatives will continue to support total rehabilitation and upgrading of our airports and allied services. “The consideration of these Bills during this Public Hearing is a testament to our commitment to give new life to the aviation sector and make our airports to be a better non-oil revenue-generating sector as is witnessed in other advanced economies.”
The Speaker commended President Muhammed buhari for his willingness to collaborate with National Assembly of Nigeria in developing the aviation sector for good and gave the assurance that the House would ever be ready to provide the necessary legislation and needed oversight to achieve this purpose. The Speaker appealed to the public and interested parties to honour invitations to House committee public hearings so that they can share ideas on how to make critical sectors deliver optimally.
Citing an example with Tuesday’s public hearing, the speaker observed that many private sector stakeholders were absent, noting that some stakeholders would later come to complain after such bills had been passed by the legislature. He said, “Five of the bills here are to repeal existing bills and re-enact new ones. That is why I asked, where are the stakeholders? These bills are at the core of the aviation industry.” However, the Minister of Aviation, Hon. Hadi Sirika, who interceded for some of the stakeholders, informed the House that they attended the hearing on some of the bills at the Senate two weeks ago. He also disclosed that it was likely that the stakeholders would attend on the days slated for bills dealing directly with their operations.
Earlier, the Chairman of the committee, Rep. Nnolim Nnaji, in a welcome remark, thanked the speaker for his continued interest in the aviation industry.
Let me appreciate and Speaker for his great support and passion in the development of the Aviation Industry”, he said.