THE Federal Government has banned the use of Boeing 737 Max 8 by any airline operator in Nigeria airspace. This is as the Federal Executive Council, FEC, has approved 64 million Euros facility for water supply in Kano State.
The Ethiopian Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane had on Sunday crashed few minutes after take-off in Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people aboard including two Nigerians.
Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said that such plane would not be allowed into Nigeria until the cause of the plane crash is determined.
According to him, “Regarding Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9, that has been in the news recently, there is no cause for alarm as there is no operator in Nigeria that is using that type of airplane. “The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, whose mandate it is to issue advisory, has already issued advisory that nobody should fly into Nigeria or out of Nigeria using Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9, pending the determination of the actual cause of the crash in Ethiopia and also pending the outcome of the response of the manufacturer, which is Messers Boeing.
“Regardless of the enormous safety records of this plane 737, it has caused concern in the world of aviation and you know aviation is universal, whatever affects one affects the other because aircraft will be flying in and out.
“So, we have issued directive that no operator with Boeing 737 Max 8 or Max 9 should operate into and outside our airports and this is being carried out”.