The President, African Development Bank, (AFDB) Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina has said that air travels in Nigeria remain unsafe blaming the problem on outdated and uncertified aircraft.
He said Nigeria planes are dangerous and risky for air travellers. It is a well-known thought that travelling by air is one of the fastest means of transportation but the risks of an air craft developing a mechanical fault due to old and inefficiency is what most passengers don’t always like to think about.
The former Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture, spoke at the International Civil Aviation Organization’s World Aviation Forum held in Abuja on Tuesday. Hear him “before boarding any aircraft in Africa some minutes of silent prayer are always observed, while on board the prayer intensifies the landing of the aircraft pave way for prayer of thanksgiving and calls to families and spiritual heads follows suites.”
According to him the risk of flying in African skies, as the continent accounts for only 3.4 per cent of all flight departures, represents over nine per cent of all air accidents, and 37 per cent of total global air fatalities also said the among the 200 airlines blacklisted by the European Union, more than 50 per cent were African.
He added that the aviation sector is important as it opens up doors to investors, noting that very few investors would invest where it was difficult to travel to.
The AFDB boss said, “That is why ease of access via air travel is strongly correlated to economic growth. Air transport promotes trade, investments and tourism, and boosts economic growth.