‘Merging aviation agencies will drag sector backward’

The news about the adoption of the implementation of the 2014 Oronsaye’s report on the merger of 102 agencies and parastatals of government has started attracting debates with key players cautioning government against dragging aviation agencies into the drama.

This is just as indications have emerged that the minister of aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika with strong argument from stakeholders may have prevailed on the government to drop the aviation agencies from the list of the agencies to be merged.

Speaking on the controversial report, a director at Zenith. travels, Mr. Olumide Ohunayo argued that the Oronsaye’s report if implemented will be capable of dragging the industry backwards with attendant loss of confidence and increased cost of operation.

While describing the report as unfavourable, archaic to the aviation sector, Ohunayo said: “I will not want to bore the public again with ICAO rules of engagement, other writers have dwelt on that since the report became public, while our representatives in the different international organisations can also use their instrument of office overtly or covertly to pass the message on ICAO statutes and other working materials to the Federal Government.

“The regulator and service provider cannot be under one roof or management. This, in essence makes a mockery of regulation and certification. The international community has applauded our development and strides; we do not need the Oransanye report to drag us back”.

In the same vein, a former President, National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Mohammed Safiyanu said the purported approval to merge NCAA, NAMA and NiMET would compromise safety and security.




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