Reps Condemn Diversion Of Flights To Other African Countries


Some lawmakers during plenary at the House of Representatives chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja on February 18, 2020. Photo: Twitter- @HouseNGR.

The House of Representatives has condemned the recent increase in diversion of international flights by foreign airlines to neighbouring African countries.

Debating a motion during Tuesday’s plenary, the lawmakers described the incident as an embarrassment to the country.

They were worried that despite the acquisition of the Instrument Landing System, the equipment have yet to be installed.

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According to the lawmakers, the airlines cited poor landing equipment at the nation’s airports as the reason for the diversions.

The House, therefore, mandated its Committee on Aviation to liaise with the relevant agencies to ensure that all the acquired landing equipment were installed at the designated airports without further delay.

The committee was also asked to ensure that compensation was paid to the passengers who were compelled to part with more money for accommodation and their flights back to their original destination.

The committee has been directed to report back within two weeks.