President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has assured airline operators that the National Assembly would ensure that the aviation sector was protected and supported.
Lawan said this when executives of the Airline Operators of Nigeria paid him a visit at the National Assembly on Thursday in Abuja.
They were led to the Office of the Senate President by Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika.
Lawan said that for private investors in the country’s aviation industry to survive, government policies must be fine-tuned to ensure their smooth operation.
The Senate President who pledged the support of the National Assembly towards ensuring that airline operators were not squeezed out of business, said the legislature would look into policies affecting the sector while taking into consideration government’s need for enhanced revenue.
“The policies of government at all times should be in tandem to make life better for citizens particularly, and support businesses to grow.
“The aviation industry of course is no exception. Government policies should always be targeted at ensuring this industry prospers.
“I followed the drafting of the FIRS bill particularly, and the aviation sector was missed. We will find out why it was not included.
“But I want to assure you that this Senate and, indeed this National Assembly, would do what is necessary to ensure that you are protected and supported,” he said.
Lawan added:”Any exemption that would help this industry to prosper and survive, the National Assembly will stand by that.