The House of Reps has asked the Aviation Authority and Commercial airlines that diverted commercial airlines from Murtala Muhammed Airport; to Kotoka International Airport in the Ghana to pay compensation to passengers.
The resolution was sequel to a motion of urgent public importance moved at the House of Reps. Equally important, the motion was moved by Wale Raji from Lagos State.
According to Raji, the flights were diverted because “Category 3 ILS instrument is not functioning at its optimal capacity because of the non-availability of other supportive equipment like the runway and approach lights yet to be installed and upgraded by FAAN.”
He said that the issue was further compounded by lack of cooperation between Nigeria Airspace Management Agency; NAMA and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) over the installation of the equipment.
“The lack of cooperation amongst the aviation regulatory agencies on account of petty differences; has negatively impacted on the efficient management of our airports. Increased cooperation and collaboration amongst the regulatory agencies will greatly enhance efficient management and seamless operations at our airports.”
Agencies, airlines will be mandated to compensate flyers, says Reps
Also, speaking on the need for compensation; James Faleke moved an amendment to compel relevant aviation authorities to compensate passengers.
Subseqently, the House of Reps resolved to mandate both the agencies and the airlines to compensate passengers.
Meanwhile, a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has written a lengthy letter to President Muhammadu Buhari following recent tension in the country.
This letter by Fani-Kayode comes in the wake of a series of videos released by the infamous Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.
The former minister criticised the decision of the Federal Government to release “hundreds of Boko Haram fighters from prison claiming that they are reformed.” This incident happened just a few days after a murderous rampage by the terrorists in Borno State.
He lamented the slow reaction of the president to the insecurity and plight of the victims.