The gubernatorial candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in the last general elections in Ogun State, Olufemi Ajadi, has advised the federal government and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to sanction any erring airlines that fail to airlift passengers as scheduled.
Appealing to the federal government and the NCAA to sanitise the sector, Ajadi lamented a recent unsavoury experience at the airport during one of his travels.
Ajadi in a statement on Monday urged the government to formulate policies that will ensure that the rights of the passengers are protected.
He claimed that the aviation sector is facing challenges and that passengers experience all manners of challenges ranging from cancelled flights to poor maintenance capacity of aircraft operating in Nigeria’s airports.
He then urged the FG and NCAA to sanction airline operators that fail to airlift the passengers as scheduled to serve as deterrent to others.
Ajadi revealed his plans to sue Dana Airline for N50m over failure to airlift him and other passengers from Abuja to Lagosas scheduled resulting in the loss of contracts worth millions of naira.
“Our government does not take us seriously, I have called their attention twice to our plight in the aviation sector but nothing good comes from their part, this is the third time I am calling their attention to the suffering of Nigerians in the aviation sector”.
“Apart from the usage of old and obsolete aircraft by most of the airline companies, the environment of the departure and arrival are not too conducive at all. Just recently on my way from Abuja to Lagos, the airline, Dana that was supposed to airlift us by 9pm on Friday was not available until Saturday morning.
“I am calling on relevant government agencies particularly Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to take urgent steps in saving Nigerians from these avoidable acts by various airlines in the country”.