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FG Is Ready To Create National Council On Civil Aviation

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The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, says the Federal Government is ready to create a National Council on Civil Aviation.

Sirika, who was represented by Mr Mohammed Abdullahi, Minister of State for Science and Technology, made this known on Thursday during the 8th Edition of the Aviation Workers Week and Award Night.

The theme of the event is: “The Challenges of COVID-19 Pandemic to the Nigerian Aviation Industry: The Path to Recovery”.

According to him, some States have started establishing their own airports which calls for holistic coordination by the Federal Government.

Sirika said there was great improvement in the sector as the frequency of accidents had been drastically reduced due to acquired landing equipment and other tools that aid navigation.

According to Sirika, the Federal Government has disbursed above N100 Billion to develop the aviation sector through airports upgrade, equipment upgrade and training of staff, among others, since 2015.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Hassan Musa, said the global aviation industry suffered devastating economic consequences, which most industry players described as tragic.

Musa, who was represented by Alhaji Dogo Sheu, Director of Human Resources in the ministry, said the after-effects of the Coronavirus, globally and in Nigeria in particular, were yet to be quantified in real terms.

Contributing, Mr Hector Nnadi, Joint Council Chairman of the Joint Consultative and Negotiating Council, said setting up the National Council on Civil Aviation would help the sector to be more coordinated.

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