The House of Representatives,on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 passed a resolution urging the Committee on Aviation when constituted to urgently investigate the reported Airpeace flight incident which could have resulted to loss of lives of passengers on board. The resolution which came on the heels of a motion of urgent public importance moved by Hon. Chris Azubogu also charged the Committee to ascertain the state of runways and other landing facilities at the Port Harcourt airport and indeed in airports across the country. The lawmaker was worried that the incident if not properly investigated and appropriate action taken, could repeat itself in the nearest future.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila who averred that the need for investigation of the incident is apt, adding that it would at least afford the public the opportunity to know if what happened was an error of human negligence or not, yielded the floor to other lawmakers who contributed to the debate.
On his part, Hon. Toby Okechuckwu lamented that some of the infrastructures in the nation’s airports are dilapidated and of poor quality, he wants a total overhaul of the runways and other facilities in airports across the country. While Hon. Uzoma Abonta sued for review of the NCAA Act, with a view to stipulating severe penalties in the event of negligence, recklessness or human errors that put the lives of people in danger. Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejiocha, the immediate past Chairman of the Committee on Aviation called on the agencies in the aviation industry to be alive to their responsibilities and strictly observe international best practices in the discharge of their duties as regulatory bodies.
The Sitting, however, proceeded with the passage of five Bills for first reading after which the House adjourned till Wednesday, July 3, 2019.