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Senate Demands BASA Review With Britain

Senate Demands BASA Review With Britain The Senate through its Committee on Aviation yesterday demanded the immediate review of the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA), between Nigeria and Britain.

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The Senate through its Committee on Aviation yesterday demanded the immediate Review of the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA), between Nigeria and Britain.

The call came against the backdrop of the subtle indictment of the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria, FAAN; Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA; and other aviation regulatory agencies over the air fare disparity by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Gbenga Ashiru.

The panel’s position on BASA which formed the high point of the first day public hearing on violation of Aviation Laws and Practice by Foreign Airlines in Nigeria was propelled by the revelations made by the Director General of NCAA, Dr. Harold Demuren.

He told the Senate panel that both Nigeria and Britain were supposed to have 21 flight frequency each, but that while Britain, through British Airways and Virgin Atlantic enjoy its slot, Nigeria has been restricted to only seven slots which is used by Arik Air.

Describing the situation as unfair, the chairman of the Committee, Senator Hope Uzodinma, however, praised the minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah for initiating the review.

Demuren, meanwhile, also berated the operation of the foreign airlines which he described as exploitative. He added that in 2006 alone, the BA made a profit of £451million out of which £112million was generated from Nigeria alone.

But the minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Gbenga Ashiru cautioned the Senate over the ongoing public inquiry into the disparity in the airfare charged by the British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, saying that it should not be allowed to degenerate into a diplomatic row.

The British Airways however mounted spirited defence of its position, saying its charges were influenced by known economic indexes of demand and supply.

According to Country Representative of BA, Kolawole Olayinka, “it was unfortunate to discuss profitability of airlines before the world.

Earlier, the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu advised President Goodluck Jonathan to bring back the national carrier, “that is, the Nigeria Airways back to life before 2015 when the tenure of the present administration ends.”

He said doing this would restore the country’s national pride. He said if smaller countries such as South Africa, Ethiopia and Kenya could have national carriers hoisting their flags, Nigeria should not be left behind.

“Let the president bring back the Nigeria Airways as a parting gift to Nigeria in 2015. We feel embarrassed when we travel abroad and see others flying their national flag. It should be a thing of national pride to bring back our national carrier”, he said.

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