The Nigerian Ministry of Aviation has urged local airline operators to reconsider their decision to suspend operations due to increased aviation fuel costs.
This was stated in a statement released on Saturday by James Odaudu, Special Assistant to the Honourable Minister for Public Affairs. The government expressed concern about the rising cost of aviation fuel, and encouraged the airlines to evaluate the repercussions of the planned move.
“Unfortunately, the issue of fuel supply is not within the purview of the Ministry and so the much it can do in the present situation is to engage with agencies, institutions and individuals in positions to provide succour to the airlines. This is already being done by the relevant team led by the Honourable Minister,” it said.
“While the efforts to assuage the situation are on, we wish to appeal to the airline operators, even in the difficult situation, to consider the multiplier effect of shutting down operations, on Nigerians and global travellers, in taking their business-informed decisions and actions.”
It also highlighted the sector’s importance, stating that “airline operators are in the business to make money,” and reiterating the government’s commitment to create a business-friendly climate.
“We also assure Nigerians, particularly aviation stakeholders, that the Buhari administration remains steadfast in its commitment to the creation and maintenance of an environment that promotes the growth of the aviation industry, where major players like airlines can operate in a profitable and competitive market,” the statement read.