The House of Representatives committees on Aviation, Treaty and Agreement, and Local Content have been directed to investigate the compliance of airline operators with the relevant international and domestic laws on aviation.
The House gave the directive to the three committees in Abuja on Thursday during its plenary.
The Representatives said that the investigation would be in relation to insurance and payment of compensation to victims of air disasters.
It urged the Ministry of Aviation to ensure that the families of the victims of the air crash that occurred on Oct. 3 were adequately compensated in line with all relevant domestic laws.
The committees are to report back to the House within six weeks with their recommendations.
The resolution followed a motion by Rep. Ifeoluwa Arowosoge(APC-Ekiti) which was adopted by the House without debate when put to vote by the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal.
The motion is entitled: “The Need to Frantically Tackle the Human Factor in the Aviation Sector”.
Arowosoge, moving the motion said that an Embraer 120 airplane on Oct. 3, 2013 conveying the corpse of late former governor of Ondo, Dr Olusegun Agagu, crashed killing 13 passengers on board.
He said that the crash which occurred on Oct. 3 could have been avoided in view of the advice of the co-pilot and warning signs in the airplane itself.
He said the insurance status of the Embraer 120 had been generating controversies in many quarters since the Nigerian insurance firm alleged to have insured the plane denied having any business with the company operating the plane.
The lawmaker said this issue had left Nigerians in confusion as to whether the airline was insured or not insured.
He said that the lack of proper supervision of the airlines’ operation with respect to insurance policy had led to inadequate compensation to the families of victims of air crashes in the country.
He urged the House to support the motion so that the human factor in the aviation industry could be tackled.
Meanwhile, the House passed into second reading the total sum of N315.805 billion for the 2013 budget of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) (NAN).
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