The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has acknowledged that the sector has been the worst hit because the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the nation.
In accordance with him, airways have misplaced practically N17 billion month-to-month since their operations have been grounded, as a part of efforts to curb the unfold of the virus.
“We’re in very troublesome moments like everybody else. All of this began as a result of somebody travelled and sadly got here again house with it and the consequence is what we’ve been going by way of.
“We’re the worst hit, than another sector. Some N17 billion month-to-month is being misplaced by the airways, due to COVID-19,” the minister mentioned in the course of the Presidential Activity Drive briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja on Wednesday.
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Talking additional, Sirika famous that the sector is very regulated and really co-ordinated and has set requirements that should be adopted always, regardless, as a result of it speaks to security.
This, in line with him, would imply that “we will not be able to open up after closing for several weeks and perhaps for some months”.
“There are safety issues and concerns. Those airplanes have been kept and when we are going to bring them back into service, we will have to ensure that they are airworthy and that they can make those flights safely,” he added.
“So additionally, for the flight crew, they’ve sure requirements they have to conform with. They’ve licencing points which is able to fall due for recurrency to be accomplished inside this era, so what do you do with them.
“Actually they gained’t simply decide up their baggage and proceed the place they left. They need to conform to these requirements and be sure that they’re secure to function each when it comes to their well being and their proficiency to have the ability to conduct a really secure flight”.