Senate Rejects Plan to Reopen Aviation Sector
Rising from an emergency meeting, the Senate on Thursday raised alarm over the dangers of federal government plans to reopen the country’s aviation sector on Sunday, declaring that such plan would be suicidal. This came after a meeting with Senate Committee on Aviation and union leaders in the aviation sector led by the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers.
Also canvassed at the meeting was the call for suspension of unlocking of the sector this Sunday and the need for required bailouts to be given first before re-starting it, failure of which will lead to strike action. Recalled the Federal government had fixed Sunday , June 21, 2020 as date for commencement of domestic flights in five major Airports across the country.
But the Senate Committee on Aviation after being briefed by unionists in the sector on the possible danger in unlocking the sector, called on the federal government to halt the plan for now. Chairman of the Committee , Senator Smart Adeyemi ( APC Kogi West), said based on serious issues raised by stakeholders in the sector as regards safety and security, plan of unlocking it should be postponed.