Airlines’ inability to access foreign exchange may lead to plane crashes – Senate

The Senate on Thursday said the country might experience plane crashes if a total improvement is not done on the aviation sector.

This was following a motion tagged “Disturbing Development in the Nigerian Aviation Industry” by Sen. Dino Melaye.

Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio said airlines inability to access foreign exchange may lead to endangering the lives of travellers.

“These problems are caused by policies of government. Monetary policies of government have not allowed the airlines to operate.

“Section 14(2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended says that government must ensure the security and welfare of the people.

“We are likely to have a spectre of crashes because most airlines cannot access foreign exchange to service their aircrafts,” he noted.

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided, said withdrawal of airlines from Nigeria’s aviation industry was a bad omen which may lead to massive job losses.

“A situation whereby airlines cannot send back their money to their home countries is a disaster. Competition becomes less and the few left will charge as they want.

“It is embarrassing that airlines have to go and refuel in Ghana,” he said.

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