Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, says the Federal Government spent in excess of N100bn in the aviation industry in five years.
Sirika said this in Abuja at the 8th edition of the Aviation workers’ week and award night organized by the Joint Consultative and Negotiating Council (JCNC) and the federal ministry of aviation, with the theme: ‘The challenges of COVID-19 pandemic to the Nigerian Aviation industry: the part to recovery.’
According to him, the money was spent to develop the aviation sector between 2015 till date.
The minister, who was represented by the minister of state for Science and Technology, Barrister Abdullahi Mohammed, said the funds were spent on infrastructure, equipment among other things.
Sirika further said staff welfare, training, facilities upgrade, remodelling of the airports were some of the other places the funds were expended within the time under review.
Also speaking at the event, Hector Nnadi, chairman of the JCNC, called for the setting-up of the National Council on Civil Aviation.
In his words, “the unions wish to passionately reiterate the compelling need for the setting-up of the National Council on Civil Aviation.
“This has been the platform for most ministries to examine, explore, initiate, proffer and compare notes on key policy decisions or issues.”
BreakingTimes recalls that in 2018, Sirika came under intense pressure following reports that the government spent $600,000 on the design of the logo after the carrier was unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow in London.