Monday, April 27, 2015

Convert presidential fleet to passenger planes – Agbakoba to Buhari

A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, has urged the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to immediately commence reforms in the aviation sector by converting the presidential fleet for public use. While I know it's a great idea that will benefit Nigerians, I would also have liked it more if he (Agbakoba) can convert his fleet of cars he must have in his compound for public transport too. He should set the pace first.  He listed eight areas Buhari must concentrate on in order to succeed.

He said, “The aviation sector requires major reform. Nigeria has no presence in the aviation business. Nigeria Airways has been long comatose. Foreign aircraft dominate the Nigerian airspace and earn well over a trillion naira to our exclusion.

“A trillion naira is about a quarter of our entire national budget. The way forward is to redeploy all aircraft in the presidential fleet to form the hub of a new national carrier. Business for this new national carrier is easy to generate. I have proposed a bill, the Fly Nigeria Bill, to ensure that every government naira used to purchase a ticket must originate and terminate on a Nigerian carrier.

“The Fly Nigeria Bill, when passed into law, will create an instant market for our national carrier.”

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