Photo caption : Pix from right Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, MD, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria(FAAN), Hon Nnobim Nnaji, Chairman, House Committee on Aviation and Hon. Musa Muhammed, Deputy Chairman during oversight function on the aviation agencies at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos today.
The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation has advised the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to dedicate 70 per. cent to provide critical aeronautical infrastructure for the aviation industry to improve security and safety of airports in the country.
This is just as the committee also told the agency to begin preparation for the future by saving for the rainy days, to prevent a situation like that of the COVID-19 pandemic where the agency had challenges with funding and meeting other important needs.
Chairman, House Committee on Aviation, Nnolim Nnaji gave the advice while speaking during a tour of the Lagos airport on today.
He stated that the national assembly would protect the interest of industry in the parliament.
He explained that the provisions of the new aviation industry bill before the house when passed would be friendly to both staff of the agency, the industry and the airline operators,stressing that without airlines, there would not be FAAN and verse versa.
“l believe that whatever investment FAAN will do, they should put 70% of the investment in providing infrastructure. That is the path we should tow now.
“You have to to find how to put up a strategy on how to focus on safety and security of the airports. The airport terminals can be containerized. What is important for airlines operators is to land in a safe airport with good security, good runways, airfields lightening, operational and and perimeter fence that guarantees the safety and insurance of their aircraft,”Nnolim said .
On the effects of the recent COVID-19 pandemic on the operations of agency, the Chairman explained that, “the essence of preparing for the future just happened to us. Let your future begins today. You have to prepare for any situation, nobody expected this kind of situation we find ourselves but it is a lesson to all of us that we have to prepare for any eventuality and in doing so we need to go into aggressive infrastructure development in areas of non-aeronautical aspects of the industry”
The Chairman,who promised to to support the industry with necessary legislation, assured the agency that the Lower Chamber will push for the retention of the 25 per cent remittance FAAN pay into the consolidated account of the federation to enable them put in place a 10 year developmental plan and use the funds to build critical infrastructure for the aviation industry.