The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said the federal government will urgently address challenges facing the aviation industry in Nigeria which have hitherto hampered the growth and development of the sector.
Some of these challenges include inadequate supply and high prices of aviation fuel known as Jet A1, the difficulty in accessing forex, non-establishment of maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in the country, poor airport infrastructure and high taxation.
Osinbajo said Nigeria has failed to take advantage of its natural geographical position as the hub of Africa but assured Nigerians that government would begin to tackle these problems.
The acting president gave the assurance during a meeting with a delegation of airline chief executives of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) in his office in Abuja at the weekend.
Osinbajo said he used the meeting as a fact-finding exercise to hear first hand from the airline operators what domestic airlines are going through within the sector.