Aviation fuel: We haven’t liked government intervention yet, says Okonkwo
Sunday Aborisade and Gabriel Emameh in Abuja
Chairman of United Nigeria Airlines Limited, Professor Obiora Okonkwo, said Air Operators of Nigeria (AON) had not started to take advantage of palliatives promised by the Federal Government to cushion the effect of the high cost of fuel from aviation which was currently crippling the industry.
Obiora said so in an interview with reporters in Abuja, after his inauguration as National Grand Patron of Ndigboamaka Progressive Market Association.
The group is the umbrella organization for all Igbo traders in the 58 markets in Lagos State.
He said the AON had suspended its industrial action following the government’s promise that measures that would cushion the effect of the aviation fuel shortage and soaring prices would be put in place.
He added that the measures promised by the government were still in the implementation stage at the moment.
He nevertheless expressed his optimism that the government would soon start implementing the remedial measures.
Okonkwo added, “Nothing has changed much except the government at the time was very magnanimous, kind, listened to us (airline operators) and put a lot of things in motion to support the impact of the crisis. rise in the price of aviation fuel.
“We are very happy and grateful to them, but the truth of the matter is that these initiatives taken are still in the implementation stage. It hasn’t been fully implemented, so we don’t see the impacts felt yet.
“Aviation fuel has continued to rise, but I can tell you that some of those promises have been implemented and the impacts we hope to see soon.
“For this reason, the aviation industry continues to struggle. But we thank the traveling public for their understanding.
He praised the leadership of the Lagos State Igbo Traders Coordinating Body for their good gesture despite the fact that he did not pay them to do so.
He said: “People should be recognized for their contribution to society and their integrity instead of rewarding the highest bidder.
The general secretary of the umbrella organization of Igbo traders, Chinedu Ukatu, carried out the nomination on behalf of the group.
Ukatu said Obiora has been recognized for his invaluable contributions to the development of the association.