The Chairman, Committee on Aviation in the House of Representatives, has suggested that VIPs who disobey health and safety protocol at airports, should be denied future access to safeguard staff and air travellers from contracting the Coronavirus.
The Chairman, Honourable Nnolim Nnaji, gave this charge to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), in line with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines for the reopening of the airports.
He stated that it was regrettable that people who pride themselves as leaders rather than show examples chose to exhibit indiscipline to endanger the lives of both airport workers and other users of the airports.
“This type of behaviour can not be tolerated. It is not a must that you have to travel by air but if you choose to, you must abide by the laid down procedures established by FAAN and NCAA in line with the NCDC guidelines” Honourable Nnaji stressed.
He urged the leadership of the agencies to be firm and reiterated the need for the frontline staff especially the airport security and health officials to be courageous in carrying out their duties to ensure that every passenger observes the protocols.
Honourable Nnaji who represents Nkanu East/West Federal Constituency, Enugu State, further declared that the entire members and leaderships of National Assembly were totally behind the aviation agencies and the frontline staff in carrying out their duties.
Honourable Nnaji added, “ I am sure the executive and judicial arm of government are equally behind them. A lot of money has been sunk into the industry to meet the criteria in terms of protocols, trainings and materials deployment by the Airline operators and FAA, therefore government cannot tolerate any acts that will rubbish the whole essence”.
“I want to also assure Nigerians that we in the National Assembly have resolved to abide by the protocols and we will not allow anyone no matter the position in the society to unnecessarily endanger the lives of Nigerians”. He further stated.