Government expresses concern over air safety in Nigeria
Mar 08, 2018 National 2854 By franklyn Anude
The Nigerian Federal Government has expressed concerns over the state of aviation in the country following recent air incidents that had been recorded. During a meeting of the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Hadi Sirika, the Minister of State for Aviation was asked by the president to tell members
of the council steps that the ministry has taken regarding the incidents.
This information was made available to State House correspondents, by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. hehu said, “A lot of quality time was spent discussing air safety. The government of Nigeria is very much concerned about safety and the life of Nigerians.
“This following the recent air incidents, minor as they were because they are no fatalities, the government did feel concerned and the minister reported to the council on steps that were taken following the last incident in Port Harcourt, Dana aircraft overshooting the runaway.
“As soon as that happened, a few seconds, a rescue team was there on the ground and few moments thereafter every passenger on board was evacuated, there was no harm to persons and this is something that should be celebrated.
“Within 24 hours, an official investigation commenced because investigators arrived in Port Harcourt and began work. One week after that, a preliminary report was prepared and it was on this that the council was briefed.
“Consequently, as announced by the aviation authorities, the engineer and the pilot of that particular aircraft got their licences both suspended and beyond that the government has ordered a complete audit of Dana airlines in terms of personnel, operations, technical capacity.”