FEDERAL Government has revealed that it would sign more Bilateral/Multilateral Air Services Agreement by next year for the benefit of air travellers and the nation at large. This was revealed on Thursday in Abuja by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation for the 2021 budget defence. Recalling that the government had earlier in the year signed the instrument of ratification of BASA with USA, India, Morocco and Rwanda, he said that the aviation ministry has proposed N78billion for capital expenditure, with emphasis to be focused on the implementation of the Aviation Roadmap as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari. He further disclosed that the aviation road map which would be implemented through Public, Private Partnership, PPP, includes: establishment of National carrier; Establishment of Maintenance,
Repair and Overhaul, MRO, facility; Development of Agro Cargo Infrastructure; Establishment of Aviation Leasing Company; Search and Rescue and Establishment of Aerospace University with support of International Civil aviation Organisation, ICAO. He, however, expressed appreciation for the cooperation which the ministry has gotten from members of the National Assembly in the provision of funds for its projects and programmes.
Chairman, House Committee on Aviation, Nnolim Nnaji, in his remarks, said the committee expected maximum cooperation from the minister and Chief Executives of other agencies in the sector to provide all the relevant documents that would help facilitate the scrutiny of the budget process. He said the aim of the committee is to assist the ministry in carrying out its laudable programmes, which he said can only be achieved through mutual cooperation.