The House of Representatives, HoR, has called on passengers and flight operators to strictly observe the safety protocols put in place by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, for the restart of flight operations in the country.
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Nnolim Nnaji disclosed this in Abuja on Monday, when he led members of his committee to assess the state of airport authority’s preparedness for the resumption of flights next Wednesday.
Nnaji advised the front line staff to be courageous in the performance of their duties.
According to him, “Nobody should be above the observance of the guidelines set by the Ministry of Aviation and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC).”
“COVID-19 is real and no individual no matter how highly placed should jeopardize the safety guidelines put in place to ensure that air travellers are protected from contracting the deadly virus.
“Airline staff should be strict in doing their work. All arms of government and the Presidential Taskforce, (PTF) would back and protect Airline staff in doing the right thing.
“Nigerians should cooperate with the airline staff and workers at the airport by adhering to the guidelines at all times.”
He further pleaded with the airlines to be considerate in their fare adjustments so that many Nigerians can afford to travel by air adding that reopening of the airports would no doubt help stimulate the national economy which he said has suffered a great deal under COVID-19 pandemic.
The members who were taken through the whole boarding and arrival processes by the Managing Director of FAAN, Captain Rabiu Yadudu commended the Ministry of Aviation and its agencies for their level of preparedness for the resumption of flight operations.
The FAAN Managing Director equally expressed appreciation to the committee and the entire membership of the National Assembly for their supports to the industry whenever the need arose.