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Nigeria’s Aviation Agencies’ Statutes, Operations, for Legislative ‘Surgery’

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Nigerian Senate is inviting the general public and especially stakeholders in aviation to appear before its committee on aviation, beginning tomorrow, Monday 2nd November 2020, to present memoranda in respect of the six (6) different but related aviation bills before it for thorough legislative consideration before they scale through and become edicts.

According to the Senate committee on aviation which is saddled with the task of legislative appraisal and where found necessary modify the bills, it announced that the committee shall be sitting from Monday 2nd November, to Wednesday, 4th November, at the Senate chambers to consider the six bills with the view to becoming acts which shall extensively impact on the nation’s air transport sector of the national economy, and make them conform with the 21st century business of aviation in all ramifications.

Due to the ultrahigh importance of these six bills for consideration, the committee resolved for the submission of memoranda hence, it will hold three days public hearing pursuant to the provision of sections 88 and 89, of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, (as amended) and order 102 of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 as amended.

The bills which most of them had passed second reading but public hearing shall still be entertained as from tomorrow are;

Smart Adeyemi, Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation

MONDAY, 2ND NOVEMBER:

• A bill for an act to repeal the civil aviation act 2006 and to enact the civil aviation act for the regulation of civil aviation in Nigeria and for related matters. (SB.195).

The Senate Committee on Aviation, led by comrade Smart Adeyemi, a former President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, shall also lead his crew to;
• consider a bill for an act to repeal the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology act, CAP, N96 LFN, 2010 and to enact the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology act, to provide for its organization, control and operation, and for related matters. (SB. 193).

TUESDAY, 3RD NOVEMBER:
• The committee shall be considering a bill for an act to repeal the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency act, CAP N90, LFN 2010, and to enact Nigerian Airspace Management Agency 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 the responsibility of providing air navigation services and for related matters. (SB 194).

• Also for consideration is a bill for an act to repeal, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, (Establishment Etc), act 2003, and enact the Nigerian Meteorological Agency act, to provide for the regulation of Meteorology and related matters. (SB. 192).

While on the third day, the gentlemen and women with legislative oversight for good governance and proactive laws that are imbued with elements to make the nation greater in her social and economic endeavours shall be examining the following aspects of the industry,

WEDNESDAY, 4TH NOVEMBER:
• The committee shall entertain memoranda and shall consider a bill for an act to repeal the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria act, Cap F5 LFN 2010, and to enact the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria act, to provide for the effective management of the airports in Nigeria and related matters. (SB. 196)

• Yet another bill slated for consideration on the third day, is that of, a bill for an act to provide the establishment of Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau, for the regulation, prevention and providing effective administration for safety investigation in Nigeria and related matters. (SB. 197).

Needless to add that all stakeholders need be present to lend their voices through submission of their position papers on issues deemed as adversely affecting their interest or hindering the smooth growth and development of the sector.

Aviation workers, pressure groups of various shades, now have the golden opportunity to ensure the ideal legislative framework is ingrained in the laws that will soon be in force to guide operations of each of the concern agencies.

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