Senate Invites Aviation Minister Over Air Mishaps
Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi sirika/File

The Senate on Tuesday summoned the Minister of State Aviation Hadi Sirika to appear before it and explain the recent air mishaps in the country.

This was sequel to a motion filed by Senator Gbenga Ashafa who drew the attention of the Senate on two air mishaps in the country since the beginning of the month.

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According to Senator Ashafa, the mishaps were due to negligence of duty by officials of the aviation agencies.

He said one of the recent aircrafts involved in a mishap was Dana airline which skidded off the runway upon landing at the Port Harcourt airport.

Recall that the plane had taken off from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. The plane had flown to Port Harcourt from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the nation’s capital Abuja.

However, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Henrietta Yakubu said, “The incident was suspected to have been caused by a heavy rain, which was accompanied by strong wind and storm in Port Harcourt.

“No casualty was recorded, as all passengers on board were safely evacuated. But the lawmaker, Senator Ashafa, has expressed concerned that these recent occurrences might be a sign of a sequence of human errors caused by the failure of officials and staff of agencies, to carry out due diligence before issuing clearance for aircraft to operate within the Nigerian airspace. However, for Senator Stella Oduah,

“Aviation Ministry is the most regulated ministry in Nigeria. However, the responsibility lies mostly with the pilot.”

However, the Senate resolved to direct the Honourable Minister of State for Transportation (Aviation) to appear before it “to give a full briefing on the steps that have been taken to minimize human errors and avoid preventable air crashes.”