Sirika To Airlines: Stop Blaming Govt For Profit Decline

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Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has cautioned members of Airlines Operators of , against accusing his and aviation regulatory agencies for unfavourable operating environment and decline profits.

Sirika gave caution at Senate during closing session of a three-day public hearing on the six bills restructure aviation sector.

The minister was reacting claims by the AON unfavourable environment was caused by poor government policies as they affect the sector.

The Chairman, Officer of Overland Airways, Captain Edward Boyo, had his presentation held the aviation regulatory agencies responsible for the woes of the operators.

Boyo said the Nigerian Civil Aviation Agency was charging exorbitant fees.

He said undue taxation by NCAA connivance with the of Aviation was responsible for high aviation fare while the agency was indifferent standards and efficiency.

He warned the local airlines were victims of obsolete legislation and further sought for protection of the parliament through positive legislations to prevent local airlines operators from going into extinction.

The aviation minister however attributed the decline in fortunes of the indigenous airline operators to poor capital outlay, plans and governance structure.

He said, “The airports must be run for profit, not charity.

“To explain why the airlines are failing are plans and failure of CEOs; you don’t blame inefficiency on us.”