FG unveils palliatives for aviation sector …  acquires profiling robots

Chinazor Megbolu

The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika has said the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will announce the amount allocated as palliatives to the aviation industry next week.

The Minister, who disclosed this during a media briefing after the airport simulation exercise in Lagos ahead of the restart of the sector, noted  the palliative was meant  to cushion the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the sector.
Sirika maintained that all industry stakeholders from airlines food vendors, ground handlers, car hire and others would all be beneficiaries of the government financial assistance.
He further pointed out that the palliatives may not necessarily be cash as some people expected but there were other means this could be achievable to alleviate the hardship being faced by stakeholders due to the pandemic.
“All of the businesses in Civil Aviation have lost tremendous amount of income, almost all of them are not able to pay salaries, the airlines cannot pay salaries because there is no business, shops are closed, very huge economic challenge, government in its wisdom is putting something together to help the entire Industry,” Sirika said.
He, however, posited that all technical issues have been carefully resolved from the aircraft to the pilots, engineers, crew, air traffic controllers towards ensuring  compliance in the area of proficiency, airworthiness in terms of flight safety.
Moreover, Sirika stated that there won’t be any room for error in civil aviation and as such everything must be done in line with standards and recommended practices and the health protocols as stipulated by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19.
Meanwhile, towards boosting smooth operations at nation’s airports, the Federal Government has acquired Profiling Robots to that effect.
The robots, in the statement  on NTA News twitter account on Saturday, noted that they can be programmed to identify unwanted items as well as check temperatures too.
The Profiling Robots according  to the account will help process passengers at the Departure Hall of airports.
The report further stated that the test run was done at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
“It can be programmed to identify unwanted items and check temperature. It is interactive and can lead or direct passengers.”
“Federal Government acquires profiling robots to process passengers at the departure hall. It can be programmed to identify unwanted Items and check temperature. It is interactive and can lead or direct you,” the report said.

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