SPEAKER of the House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila has expressed the determination of the House of Representatives to continue to support legislation that would reposition the aviation industry for greater efficiency.
The Speaker stated this on Tuesday while declaring open the three-day public hearing on six executive Bills seeking to amend certain aspects of the civil aviation Acts.
He described the public hearing as an important law making process that affords the members of the public the apple opportunity to voice their views either for or against any proposed laws before the parliament.
Honourable Gbajabiamila however urged the stakeholders to make meaningful submissions that would assist the parliament in coming up with amendments that would be in tandem with International Civil Aviation Organization, (ICAO) best practices.
The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Honourable Nnolim Nnaji earlier in his opening address noted that the House of Representatives in recognition of the importance of aviation in national economy had considered the Executive Bills and referred them to the committee for further legislative actions.
He stated further that, ” the need for these enabling Acts to be repealed and subsequent reenactment of the new Acts are glaring, considering the urgent need to meet the contemporary demands and international standards for the general development of the aviation sector
“It is pertinent to note that since the last review of these agencies’ Acts, significant changes and developments have taken place in the industry which necessitated the review and amendment of these Acts so as to bring them up to date with the operational requirements and dictates of the industry”.
The Minister of Aviation, Senator Had I Sirika in his own opening remarks, said the journey to the proposal for the amendments of the Acts establishing the agencies under the Nigeria Civil Aviation commenced following the result of findings in the International Civil Aviation Organization, (ICAO) Universal Safety Oversight Audit programme, (USOAP) in the year 2006 as well as findings from the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration, (FAA) category one/Certification Audit in the year 2010 that establishment Acts of some of the aviation service providers contained certain regulatory powers.
He observed that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA) ought to be the only autonomous regulatory agency in Nigeria adding that the anomaly necessitated the amendments to take a corrective action to address the audit findings.
The proposed Bills are; a Bill for an Act to repeal the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN) Act, CapF5, LFN, 2010 and to enact the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN) Act to provide for effective management of airports in Nigeria and for related matters (HB,461), a Bill for an Act to repeal the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, (NAMA) Act, Cap N90LFN, 2010 and to enact the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, (NAMA) Act for the purposes of providing effective air navigation services in Nigeria, ensuring safety and regularity of air navigation in Nigeria and to any other place which Nigeria has responsibility of providing air navigation services and for related matters, (HB.462) and a Bill for an Act to provide for establishment of the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau for the regulation, prevention and providing effective administration for safety investigation in Nigeria and for related matters, (HB461).
Others are a Bill for an Act to repeal the Nigerian Metrological Agency, (NIMET) establishment Act, 2023and to enact the Nigerian Meteorological Agency Act to provide for the regulation of metrology and related matters, (HB.464) and a Bill for an Act to repeal the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, +NCAT) Act, Cap. N96LFN, 2010 and to enact the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Act, Cap.N96LFN, 2010and to enact the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Act to provide for its organization, control and operation and for related matters, (HB465).