Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah representing Kebbi South Senatorial district and Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation has explained that Nigeria has one of the most hostile environments for aviation industry.
Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday when members of Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (Students Arm) paid him a courtesy visit, he said the nation’s aviation sector would never develop for now.
He regretted that Nigeria trained Pilots were jobless due to disastrous policies of government, adding that regulatory bodies had constituted themselves as clog in the development of the aviation sector.
“Nigeria is a member of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) contracting States, so, we decided to ask pilots to take advantage of Cape Town Convention to lease aircraft and fly.
“This arrangement is allowed under our law, and it will help our pilots, but the regulatory body objected to it, and said it will kill indigenous airlines.
“Those who leased aircrafts under Cape Town Convention have to return them, because discriminatory fees were charged as they were asked to pay in dollars,” he said.
The lawmaker while faulting regulatory bodies maintained that any aircraft leased under Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) was deemed to be a Nigeria aircraft, adding that discriminatory fees ought not to have been charged.
“The regulatory body said they must pay in dollars and for that, operations became unbearable.
“Technically, what I am saying is that we have the most hostile environment for aviation operations in the world and you cannot develop aviation industry under such environment”, he insisted.
According to him, investors in aviation industry hardly make profit, as revenues were usually shared among the chain of stakeholders.
“You know, investors want to make profit, but it is not available as each aircraft is working for pilots, is working for insurance, is working for engineers, cabin crew, and regulatory bodies, so there is virtually no profit anywhere”, Na’Allah maintained.