The Federal Government of Nigeria, on Wednesday, in Abuja, said the agitations of the Senate cannot halt the planned demolition of offices belonging to aviation agencies at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the FG’s stance known after this week’s Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
Sirika said “Government is going to continue. The Senate is advisory. It’s an executive function, we are not bound by any court of law and the government cannot be stopped from giving development to its people.
“So, few individuals will not deny 250 million Nigerians the joy of having something that they will go outside Nigeria to see.”
On the other hand, the Senate had directed the FG to halt the demolition works to allow the Senate Committee on Aviation, chaired by Senator Biodun Olujimi, to intervene.
The Upper Chamber specifically directed the Minister of Aviation to stop the planned demolition of aviation agencies’ offices in Lagos pending the outcome of intervention being made by its Committee on Aviation.
The Senate’s resolution followed a motion by the Chairman of the Aviation Committee, Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP Ekiti South), on the urgent need for Senate intervention on the intending warning strike by aviation unions.