Give Aviation Amendment Bills Urgent Consideration, Nnaji Tells Parliament
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Honourable Nnolim Nnaji has urged the House to give the passage of the six amendment Bills on Aviation it brought before the National Assembly urgent consideration in view of the importance of the sector to the overall economy of the country, and in consideration of the increase in demand for air travel, occasioned by the prevailing security situation in the country.
The House Committee on Aviation began work on the Bills in 2021 with well attended public hearing by stakeholders which lasted for three days.
At the end of the public hearing which elicited far reaching views from the aviation stakeholders and members of the public, the Committee on Aviation went extensive and worked to produce the intended amendments which were laid before the House of the whole.
Honourable Nnaji had in his remarks before the House, gone into the Committee of the whole for clause-to-clause consideration of the amended Bills and stressed that the essence of the amendments was to reposition the aviation industry for the good of the country.
He added that the amendments had been thoroughly worked on to prepare the sector for better services comparable to the international best practices and in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization, (ICAO) standards.
The Bills were unanimous passed by the Committee of the Whole after considerations and will be duly transmitted to the President for his assent accordingly.
The Bills are; Bill for an Act to repeal the Nigerian Meteorological Agency Establishment Act, 2008 and to enact the Nigerian Meteorological Agency Act to provide for the regulation of meteorology and related matters HB.464, a Bill for an Act to repeal the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Act, Cap.N96, LFN, 2010 and to Enact the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Act, to provide for its Organization, Control and Operation and for Related matters HB.463, and a Bill for an Act to repeal the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency Act for the purpose of providing Effective Air Navigation Services in Nigeria, Ensuring Safety and Regularity of Air Navigation in Nigeria and to Any other place which Nigeria has responsibility of providing Air Navigation Services and for Related matters HB. 462.
Others are, a Bill for an Act to repeal the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and to Enact the Civil Aviation Act for the Regulation of Civil Aviation in Nigeria and for related matters HB.460, a Bill for an Act to provide for the Establishment of Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau, for the regulation, prevention and providing effective administration for safety investigation in Nigeria and for related matters. HB465 and a Bill for an Act to repeal the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Act, Cap. F5 LFN 2010 and to enact the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Act to provide for the effective management of airports in Nigeria and related matters HB. 461.