The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has warned airline
operators, especially international airlines, against shabby
treatment of Nigerian passengers who travel on board their flights.
Mr. Sirika gave the warning when a delegation from the Emirates
Group paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja, a statement
by James Odaudu, the Deputy Director, Press and Public Affairs
Unit, Office of the Minister, on Monday, said.
The statement said the minister warned that the government
would no longer condone the practice of subjecting Nigerian
travellers to all forms of suffering.
It said that Mr. Sirika specifically warned against making them walk
long distances before boarding or using small aircraft that would
not carry them along with their luggage to their destinations.
“Sirika informed the group that the Nigerian Civil Aviation
Authority (NCAA) has been directed to invoke all relevant laws to
protect the interest and rights of Nigerians and others from being
flagrantly abused by airlines.
“He, however, assured the operators of the Federal Government’s
commitment to complete the overhaul and upgrading of the
nation’s airport facilities to make the use of Nigeria’s airspace a
The statement added that the minister gave assurance that the
second terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport,
Abuja, now under construction, would be ready before the end of
It added that the completion of the project would improve the
comfort and convenience of both airline operators and the flying
It said that Mr. David Broz, the Vice president Aeropolitical and
Industry Affairs, Emirate Group, had earlier pledged the
commitment of the airline to serve Nigeria better, being its second
biggest market in Africa.
He commended the government for its efforts to upgrade
airports’ facilities and promised that the group would continue to
maintain a good relationship with Nigeria, to ensure its smooth
operation in the country.
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