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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu Urged to Return Aviation Ministry to Transportation- ASRTI

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, PBAT, making his inauguaral speech at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, PBAT, has been forewarned to ensure the new and hurriedly adopted contraption by the name, “Federal Ministry of Aerospace and Aviation, reverts to the Federal Ministry of Transport, as unanimously agreed by the heads of states of African countries at the Yamoussoukro Decision, YD, of 1999.

The Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative, ASRTI, who made the appeal explained to Mr. President that, the crappy arrangement and the atrociously low performance of the erstwhile aviation ministry, should compel a progressive government, such as will be led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to align with the continental treaty which demanded that every activity on mobility either by air, road, water, cable or rail, be assembled for oversight exclusively under a transportation ministry.

In a statement signed by ASRTI Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olumide Ohunayo, he noted that the aviation ministry without the burden of aerospace, performed woefully under the immediate past professional minister that superintended over the ministry, Sen. Hadi Abubakar Sirika.

ASRTI in its assessment adjudged the past eight years’ tenure of Hadi Sirika as total failure, taking cognizance of the resources available to the ministry, but for the capable and qualified individuals who efficiently managed various parastatals and agencies under the aviation ministry in the past eight years.

At the presentation of a wet leased aircraft for Nigeria Air. Middle, with sun glasses is former Minister of Aerospace and Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika

The statement frowned at the annexation of the underfunded National Aerospace Research Development Agency, (NASRDA), into the Ministry of Aviation, and argued that the merger would not only impede the appreciable progress so far made by NASRDA, under its parent ministry – the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology- but will further retard the snail pace of the aviation ministry.

ASRTI further opined that the “Centre for Space Transportation and Propulsion whose activities include the sustenance of rapid advances in the propulsion systems and rocket science should not be allowed impeded by the Ministry of Aviation’s terrestrial operations”.

Rather, the ASRTI noted that allowing the crappy merger of aerospace and aviation ministry to stand, would merely “succeed in creating organizational confusion for the incoming administration”.

The statement added that the “Aviation Ministry is already under stress with the existing workload and the departure of capable hands, while the remaining ones are ill equipped to handle the additional function of Space Research and Administration”.

The ASRTI expressed the notion that, “the nation will benefit tremendously if Nigerian space agency remains an independent but properly funded organization with the inclusion of the Minister of Transport or his representative on its governing Board alongside other ministerial appointees as provided in Section 2 of the NASRDA Act”.

Another factor ASRTI found culpable for the slow progress was the refusal for eight years by Sen. Hadi Sirika, “to appoint the statutory Governing Boards required to ease the functions of the agencies and parastatals under him”.

“The ASRTI is of the opinion that this amongst other actions taken by the Minister regressed rather than grow the organizations. The Minister’s direct control resulted in transactional rather than functional operation of the agencies, thereby impeding their progress and his rating”, the statement claimed.
The body however advised that, “Nigerian aviation requires strong institutions with solid processes and systems rather than strongmen/individuals”.

President Tinubu had also been advised to revisit the purported conclusion of the Airport Concession program and the entire arrangement that culminated in the purported launch of the national airline, dubbed Nigeria Air.

The statement opined that, “Nigerian airports are worth more than giveaways to friends and cronies. So also is the identified need for a national carrier which ART is of the view that it should not be done at the expense of our collective benefit and joy”.

Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative, ASRTI, expressed the optimism “that the President will attend to these challenges expeditiously”

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