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Reps summon CBN, ministers over FG, airlines face-off

By Msugh Ityokura, Abuja
20 August 2022   |   2:44 am
The House of Representatives has summoned the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, and the Ministers of Finance and Aviation, Zanaib Ahmed and Hadi Sirika, respectively,

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika. PHOTO: AFP

The House of Representatives has summoned the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, and the Ministers of Finance and Aviation, Zainab Ahmed and Hadi Sirika, respectively, to a stakeholders meeting.

The summon, The Guardian learnt, was with a view to resolving the face-off between the Federal Government and some international airline operators.

A statement made available to journalists yesterday by the Clerk of the House, Yahaya Danzaria, explained that the leadership of the Green Chamber has been briefed on the disturbing notice of withdrawal of services recently issued by some international airline operators in the country hence the stakeholders meeting.

According to Danzaria, the Speaker has asked the chairman of the Committee on Aviation, Nnoli Nnaji, and the House Management to immediately set a date for a meeting with all the stakeholders in the aviation sector as well as the executive arm of government to find urgent solutions to the issues in contention.  

Other critical stakeholders invited are Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Director General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), country representative of International Air Transport Association (IATA), Emirate Airline Country Manager and chairman, Banking and Currency Committee of the House.

The Clerk stated that Speaker requests all parties in the matter, specifically Emirates Airlines to suspend any action and await the outcome of the meeting.