Senator Ben Bruce has raised the alarm over imminent plane crashes as a result of airlines not having access to Forex.
Bruce gave this hint in series of tweets on his twitter handle where he poked fun at the federal government for making Forex available to intending pilgrims at seeming subsidised rate and chronicled the problems bedeviling the aviation sector.
The tweets read: Just spoke with the head of an airline and Nigerian airlines are not servicing planes because they can’t get Forex.
Pilgrims get Forex at special rates while airlines can’t get it to buy parts and are flying planes that could drop.
Right now in Nigeria, even aviation fuel isn’t available. Airlines are forced to cut corners and put lives at risk.
Regulators license airlines with one plane. The planes is overworked without access to necessary service and parts.
Airlines are forced to source for Forex on the parallel market. They are forced to cut corners and risk lives.
What is happening in our aviation sector is an emergency. We mustn’t wait for the next accident to take storm.
In ALL airports in Nigeria, there are delays. No aviation fuel. No parts. Desperate travelers, weak regulator.
We must show concern for those who don’t have access to Presidential Jets and Private Jets. Human lives are at risk.