Ahead of Nigerian aviation industry restart, the federal government has announced plans to announce the aviation industry palliatives soon.
This was disclosed by the minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika at a press briefing held with the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 after a test flight from Abuja to Lagos to ensure everything is in place for the restart.
Speaking at the briefing, the Minister said in conjunction with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Ministry of Finance, the amount for the palliative will be announced soon.
” Government is coming with the palliative very soon in conjunction with the CBN and the Ministry of Finance, by next week we will come out with the amount and palliative will be announced within the week. Within the economic sustainability plan. It will go round the entire civil aviation but may not be necessarily be what people expect,” the Minister said.
Sirika who said aviation is ready to go stated that, “90percent of what we do in civil aviation is not seen by people like the Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Range ( VOR) and other safety systems put in place, but aviation is ready, I don’t want to give a timeline but when we are set to open, we open.
This is coming just as the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 expressed satisfaction with the handling of the test flight from Abuja ahead of the restart plan of the aviation industry.
The coordinator PTF COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu who gave his assessment when he arrived with Senator Sirika on an Aero Contractors flight from Abuja after undergoing the same process at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport noted that Aviation is a highly regulated sector.
He said the situation is the new normal, adding that things have changed because there is a disease killing people.
In his words: ” The aviation industry industry has shown what they have done as an industry and now it is left to Nigerians to do what they need to to be safe.
While aviation has done tremendously well, what will protect you is yourself and we equally will make sure Nigerians can be safe when they fly”.
As soon the team landed in Lagos at around 12:30 aboard Aero flight, members inspected both the departure and arrival areas of the airports to assess the social distancing measures put in place.
The boarding and waiting areas were clearly marked for passengers to observe social distancing while the toilets have automatic hand washing points.
Automatic sanitizer dispensers were provided at every point of the boarding just as there are automatic temperature screening points.