Aviation Fuel Crisis : NAAPE Calls For FG’s Intervention
…Says It Is Capable Of Crippling Domestic Operators, Aviation Industry
The National Association of Aircrafts Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), an umbrella body for pilots and engineers in the country has appealed to the Federal Government to intervene.
This is just as the body noted that the hike in price of aviation fuel in the country which is hitting N700 per litre is capable of crippling domestic operators and by extension, the Nigerian aviation industry.
The organisation’s appeal is contained in a statement signed by the President of NAAPE,Engr. Abednego Galadima and made available to journalists today in Lagos.
According to him, ” We are very worried about this issue as it has made traveling very difficult for passengers and caused much disruption in the operations of domestic airlines.
“The industry is still recovering from the negative impact of the pandemic and many airlines haven’t completely recovered. If this issue of scarcity is not immediately addressed by the Federal Government, not only would the airlines be negatively impacted, the ripple effect will be felt in the aviation downstream sector which may lead to job losses.
“It has been reported that the House of Representatives will convene a meeting of industry stakeholders with a view to solving the issue. But we don’t want it to stop at that.”
The NAAPE boss urged the executive arm of government to as a matter of urgency, address the issues causing the scarcity and price hike so that normalcy can return to the industry.
Recalled that since the scarcity started airlines have been forced to cancel flights,a situation that left passengers stranded at various airports in the country.
Meanwhile, the ever skyrocketing price which is between N650 /N675 per litre and scarcity of aviation fuel has attracted the attention of the Lower Chamber, who has invited the NNPC,oil marketers and other stakeholders to address the issue.