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Fear of the Aviation Ministry is the beginning of wisdom

31 October 2012, 11:54

My assumptions after the Dana incidence were that it will lead to a major shakeup in the aviation ministry capable of getting stakeholder on their feet and firmly ensuring all hands are on deck to prevent a future occurrence. Once again, I have been proven wrong for having positive hopes for my beloved country. I am left with no other choice than to live in the fear of the unknown which anyway has been our lot since I have known my name.

I do not think it was barely 24-hours after the ill fated Dana air disaster that we started getting revelations as to how badly maintained aircrafts were compelled to fly just to maximize profit...”Your government does not care about you, so why should I” seem to be the silently spoken attitude of airline operators. As if the Dana incidence is not enough, rules are still continually broken because checks and balances have been exchanged for money while those at the receiving end are left to fly at their own detriment.

Till today it is still ‘business as usual’ as nothing much has changed. You might be interested in knowing as it was reported that on Monday 29th of October, 2012 at about 2:30pm, a Calabar bound local flight was forcefully aborted when a passenger discovered a faulty valve....Please note that it was even a passenger who made the discovery. The passengers who sat close to the left wing of the craft spotted gas leaking from one of the valves conveying gas to the part called ‘ailerons’ which connects the wings of the aircraft to ensure stability during take-off and landing.

But what if the Passenger was a tired one who slept off immediately after boarding? I leave that to your imagination. I would have thought there were properly structured procedures which would have helped those in charge of maintenance detect such faults. You can then start asking who the engineers, ground staff officials and maintenance officers are plus what they were doing whilst this part of the aircraft was leaking. Or has it become the more you look, the less you see for them also?

Madam Minister, What exactly have we done wrong to deserve this horrible treatment as citizens? Who did we offend to warrant being treated as worthless by the very people power have been vested in to ensure that our lives and properties are secured? Why do you and your fellow political office holders care only about your lives and give no hoot if we the citizens live or die? Have you forgotten that the system you fail to make work will someday work against you and the family members you strive to protect at our own expense?

To travel by roads means you are on your own as it is a death trap. No functional interstate rail system and now air which ideally should be the fastest way to travel looks headed for the rocks. Must we all be forced to go through this trauma just because we were born in Nigeria? Has it become a confirmed mistake that our parents gave birth to us in this country?

These people fail to realise the failing system they are helping to remain a failure will one day backfire as the law of karma surely knows how to sort issues out even when we are absent to be a witness.

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