The Nigerian Senate Committee on Aviation presented recommendations on aviation safety in Nigeria.
The Senate has approved an investigation into the disbursement and utilisation of N19.5 billion intervention fund released by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration in 2006 for the rehabilitation and development of infrastructure in the aviation sector.
The Senate also resolved that the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) should be empowered with a legislation to remove grounded serviceable aircraft in the nation’s airports which constitute danger to air travellers.
The Senate said the National Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) should hasten the installation of radar communication equipment and other high level facilities at all airports to enhance safety in the nation’s airspace.
It also stated that the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) should encourage local airlines to replace their old aircraft with modern ones.
The Upper House resolved that NAMA, NCAA, Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL) and the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) should “as a matter of urgency put in place a well-structured and implementable pension and gratuity policy for their staff.
“The Federal Government should urgently come out with a strategic master plan for the development and growth of Aviation Industry. The master plan should cover physical development of Nigerian airports to avoid more aviation disasters in the country,” the Senate further resolved. (This Day)