Henceforth nothing will be taken for granted in the general aviation sector:
“Most of the people that own private jets in Nigeria are big people who ordinarily may not want to obey rules at times. But the minister said that the recent happening in the military circle was also a wake-up call for the civil aviation as well.
“It now means that the Ministry of Aviation and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority will be paying more attention to the operators of private and chartered jets/helicopters in the country.”An insider source in the Ministry of Aviation said that the federal government has decided to go tough on private jet owners and operators in the country.
The indication is that FG will impose stringent measures to avert disaster in the general aviation section. It was leanrt that this was the outcome of an emergency meeting between the Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah, and heads of the aviation agencies in Abuja last Wednesday.
At the meeting, which ended around 3am, it was agreed that there should be imposition of heavy sanctions on any non-compliance with standard safety procedure. The source, who was present at the meeting, said the new arrangement would also forbid pilots of private and chartered jets from flying above the normal flying hours to avoid avoidable more air disasters.