Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Air crashes are inevitable - Aviation minister

Following criticisms about the safety of Nigerian airspace in the wake of last Thursday Associated Airline plane crash in Lagos, the Federal Government on Monday insisted that the Nigerian airspace is still among the safest around the world.It maintained that the last Thursday’s incident was an inevitable act of God even as the government encouraged Nigerians to keep patronising the sector. It said accidents were bound to happen.While responding to questions from journalists after attending the inauguration of the National Dialogue Committee by President Goodluck Jonathan, Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, rejected the criticism that she abandoned safety and concentrated all her attention on beautifying the airports.“We have the safest air space. Nigerians shouldn’t be afraid to fly, Nigerian airspace is very safe,” she said.“We do not pray for accidents but it is inevitable. But all we do is to do everything to ensure that we do not have accidents. But is an act of God! Again, we do not speculate on the cause of accidents until that happens you can say this is the cause or that is not the cause,” she added.

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