Saraki promises to intervene in aviation sector’s facilities
Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday pledged to intervene over the poor state of facilities in Nigeria’s aviation sector.
He made the promise in response to a tweet by a stakeholder that the 30 Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) and VHF Omnidirectional Ranges (VORs) in the country were not working.
A statement from the Senate President’s media office said the issue raised in the tweet by Adamu Taiwo Haruna would be discussed with Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika and other heads of agencies.
The tweet, which was addressed to the Senate President’s @BukolaSaraki’s handle said: “SP @bukolasaraki, all 30 Instrument Landing Systems and VORs in Nigeria are out of calibration. This is a serious safety issue sir.”
Responding through his personal handle, Saraki said: “Thank you for the information. Unfortunately the Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation was away, but I will personally look into it right away.”
When Haruna explained further in the tweet that the failure of the ILS and VORs in the aviation sector could lead to air crashes, Saraki assured the online community that he would reach out to the minister in-charge to make him explain the purported failure in the system.
“I will reach out to the minister and make him to explain why this is so, but be assured that I am on top of it,” he said.
ILS enables aircraft to land when the pilot is unable to establish visual contact with the runway. VORs are used to make the aircraft stay on course during flights.
They help the pilot in receiving radio signals that are transmitted by a network of fixed ground radio beacons.
Social media users, who described Saraki’s response as “Governance 101,” said the poor performance of the operational facilities had caused many crashes.