By Christiana Ekpa
The House of Representatives yesterday ordered its Committee on Aviation to investigate the non-installation of Instrument Landing System (ILS) and other supporting equipment in airports across the country.
The agencies to be investigated are the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).
Peoples Daily reports that, the ILS works as a signal navigation aid that guides pilots when landing in low visibility.
The resolution of the House followed a motion of Urgent Public Importance moved by Wale Raji (APC-Lagos) at the Tuesday plenary session presided over by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday.
Raji in a motion tittled “Urgent Need to Complete the Installation and Upgrade of Landing Equipment at the Nation’s Airports to Enhance Safety of our Airspace”, said that the non completion of installment of the ILS led to the diversion of several Nigeria bound flights to neighbouring countries.
He said “Over the years there has been several clamours from stakeholders in the aviation sector and other well-meaning Nigerians on the need for the Federal Government to adequately equip and upgrade the Nation’s airports with modern landing equipment from the current Category 1 and 2 in use in Nigeria to Category 3 ILS.
“These agitations were predicated on the high number of delayed and cancelled flights during the harmattan season and inclement weather conditions which makes landing and takeoff of aircrafts very difficult or near impossible.
“On account of poor visibility some foreign airlines are presently diverting their international flights into Accra, Ghana and N’djamena, Chad and some other neighboring countries with its attendant negative consequences.”
According to him, the airports in Phase one of the installation are Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt, Katsina, Maiduguri and Sokoto.
Rep. Toby Okechukwu (PDP-Enugu) said that the relevant stakeholders should be held responsible for “negligence of duty”.
“The ILS is there and we have been talking about calibration for the last three months. Nobody is doing their job.
Rep. Abiodun Faleke (APC-Lagos) also said that passengers should be adequately compensated by the agencies involved.
The Speaker also called for the need to develop a law on Passenger Bill of Rights “because the way Nigerian passengers are treated is a call for human rights concern”.
The House also mandated the committee to investigate and that the FAAN, NAMA and the airlines adequately compensate passengers involved.
It also directed the committee to collaborate with the relevant regulatory agencies and other stakeholders in the aviation sector to ensure that all the acquired Cat 3 ILS and other supportive equipment were installed in the designated airports without further delay.