The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has disclosed that the Federal Government of Nigeria will sign more Bilateral and Multilateral Air Services Agreement in the year 2021, for the benefit of air travellers and the nation at large.
Sen. Hadi Sirika, stated this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation for the 2021 Budget defence.
According to the statement issued by the Director of Public Affairs, Sani Datti, and shared via the official Twitter handle of the Federal Ministry of Aviation, Nigeria.
Sirika said the Federal Government in the year (2020) had signed the instrument of ratification of BASA with the USA, India, Morocco, and Rwanda.
The Minister expressed appreciation for the cooperation which the ministry continued to enjoy from members of the National Assembly in the provision of funds for its projects and programmes.
The Chairman, House Committee on Aviation, Hon. Nnolim Nnaji said the committee expected maximum cooperation from the Minister and Chief Executives of the agencies under the ministry’s supervision in providing all the relevant documents that would help facilitate the scrutiny of the budget process.
According to him, the committee aims to assist the ministry in carrying out its laudable programmes. This, he said, could only be achieved through mutual cooperation.
During the budget defence session before the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Sen. Sirika said that the ministry of aviation had proposed N78 Billion for capital expenditure and the emphasis would be on the implementation of the Aviation Roadmap as approved by the Mr. President.
He further disclosed that the aviation road map, which would be implemented through Public Private Partnership (PPP), includes:
- Establishment of national carrier.
- Establishment of Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facility.
- Development of Agro Cargo Infrastructure.
- Establishment of Aviation Leasing Company, Search and Rescue.
- Establishment of Aerospace University with support of the International Civil aviation Organisation (ICAO).