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Senator Hadi Sirika

FG warns foreign airlines on shabby treatment of Nigerians

…assures on readiness of NAIA terminal by December 

The federal government has issued a stern warning to airlines, both domestic and foreign who treat Nigerians shabbily especially on international operations assuring them of dire consequences should they be discovered.

This is just as he assured that ongoing construction of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Terminal will be complete and ready by December.

Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika made all these known when a delegation from the Emirates Group paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

Senator Hadi Sirika
Senator Hadi Sirika

According to the Aviation Minister, government cannot continue to condone the practice of subjecting Nigerians to all forms of suffering, either by making them walk long distances before boarding or using small aircrafts that would not carry them along with their luggage to their destinations.

Sirika informed the group that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has been directed to invoke all relevant laws to protect the interest and rights of Nigerians and others from being flagrantly abused the airlines.

He however, assured the operators of the federal government’s commitment to the complete overhaul and upgrading of the nation’s airport facilities that would make the use of Nigeria’s airspace a delightful experience.

On the on-going construction of the second terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, the Minister gave the assurance that it will be ready before the end of the year, stating that its completion would improve the comfort and convenience of both airline operators and the flying public.

Addressing the Minister earlier, the Vice president Aeropolitical and Industry Affairs, Emirate Group, Mr. David Broz congratulated the Minister on his appointment and Pledged  their commitment to serve Nigeria better  being their second biggest market in Africa.

He commended the Nigerian government on the efforts to upgrade facilities at its airports and promised to maintain the great relationship between the Group and Nigeria which has ensured their smooth operation in the country.

 

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