Reps slams FG for hiring foreign airlines to evacuate Nigerians abroad

The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation has condemned the decision by the Federal Government to engage foreign airlines to evacuate Nigerians abroad when there are capable indigenous operators to handle the operations.

Chairman of the Committee, Nnolim Nnaji, called on the federal government to reverse the decision and revert to capable indigenous operators to carry out the evacuation exercise.

It was reported that the government would commence the evacuation of stranded Nigerians in London, United State and Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Wednesday.

The Reps committee however frowned at the engagement of foreign airlines like Ethiopian Airlines, British Airways and Emirates to airlift stranded Nigerians from Dubai, London and America respectively by the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

The lawmaker called for the immediate cancellation of the contracts and the reversal to the capable domestic operators noting that America and Britain recently evacuated their citizens from Nigeria without the use of other countries’ carriers.

Nnaji however urged the Aviation Minister to revoke the landing rights already granted the three airlines.

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