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Lawyers seek overhaul of aviation sector for efficiency


Asaba Airport

• Delta celebrates second international flight
Counsel with interest in marine and aviation, under the aegis of the Admiralty Lawyers Society of Nigeria, have urged the Federal Government to overhaul the aviation sector for better performance.

They said the timely revamping of the industry would make the nation’s airports and planes function optimally.

President of the group, Angus Chukwuka, submitted that the turn-around would create more jobs and guarantee safety of air travellers.

Speaking yesterday at an inaugural two-day training for members in Port Harcourt, he stated: “We call on the Federal Government to take serious cues from the global reaction to that crash and take instant proactive steps to genuinely overhaul the Nigerian aviation industry.

“A team of aviation experts with proven records of integrity and ingenuity should as a matter of expediency embark upon sanitation and revamping of our aviation sector.

“A reversal of this trend can create more jobs, provide more earnings for the country and guarantee better safety for travelling citizens.”

Chukwuka regretted that some aircraft in the country were unfit, noting that efforts at repositioning the sector should be collaborative.

He urged government to make the Port Harcourt and Onne seaports in Rivers State a major maritime hub owing to their strategic location and potential for global economy.

In a related development, the Asaba International Airport, yesterday at exactly 8:00a.m witnessed its second international flight, with the pilot of the EgyptAir Boeing 737-800, Ramy Mansour, saying it was a wonderful experience landing at the facility, where he came to lift the Egyptian national team, Pharaohs.

Addressing newsmen, he noted: “We had a nice experience landing at the Asaba International Airport. The runway is very good and the greenery was a very nice view from up. It is six hours from Asaba to Cairo and we will like to land here again.”

The Commissioner for Information, Patrick Ukah, described the occasion as “a clear attestation of the good works of Governor (Ifeanyi) Okowa administration in Delta State.”

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