The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called for a total overhaul of the aviation industry in the country following the DANA air crash on Sunday.
NLC President, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar in a statement said Nigerian workers condole with the families and friends of all those who lost their lives in the air crash involving Dana Airline in Lagos.
According to Omar, it was apparent that the crash could have been averted if the appropriate regulatory agencies were effective in their responsibilities.
He said that the air plane involved was alleged to have been faulty and that it was alleged that the management of the airline was aware of this.
“We urge the Federal Government to urgently overhaul the aviation industry, review the licenses of all airlines operating in Nigeria, including foreign airlines, conduct proper checks on the airworthiness of all the aircrafts before renewing the licenses of all the airlines.
“Federal Government should also put in place a policy of pegging the age of aircrafts operating in Nigerian airspace.
“We believe the safety of all air travellers in Nigeria should be paramount to the regulatory agencies as well as the airlines that seem to have placed their priority only on profit and not safety.
We specifically urge the government to do a thorough, transparent and far reaching investigation of this particular crash”.
Comrade Omar also said that government should not wait for a repeat of this monumental disaster to re occur before taking steps to protect the lives of all categories of air travellers within the Nigerian airspace as it was obvious that no one was excluded from the dangers the air industry obviously portend.