Aliyu Juwairat

The Senate Committee Chairperson on Aviation, Senator Biodun Olujimi has decried the arbitrary high airfares in Nigeria as it is becoming too expensive and would hinder sustainable growth in the Aviation sector.

Senator Biodun stated this while speaking on Monday in Abuja at the second edition of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Conference themed: “SUSTAINABILITY OF THE AVIATION INDUSTRY IN NIGERIA”.

Olumiji who complained that she paid N150,000 to fly, urged stakeholders to look into the high airfares in the country.

“Imagine, a few days ago, I paid N150,000 to fly from Abuja to Calabar. This is very high” she lamented.

She commended the work done by all the Agencies in the Aviation sector.

She said, ‘”We have very young men as agency heads including the permanent secretary at the Ministry and there is this synergy amongst them, they work well together to ensure that the industry is placed on the pedestal for which we are looking at.

“There is a need for us to go further but more than anything else enforcement of whatever resolution that will come out of this conference must be done because our problem is in the implementation”.

Olujimi said the conference was an opportunity for the stakeholders to address the issue of high airfares in the country because the industry will suffer if there is continued “very heavy increase in airfares.”

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