How we spent 13 hours waiting for one hour flight, by Reps spokesman
By Tony Akowe, Abuja
Spokesman of the House of Representatives Benjamin Kalu has recounted the ugly experience of some Committee members on Petroleum Upstream and Petroleum Technology Development Fund during an oversight visit to Kano.
Kalu said the lawmakers were slated to depart the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano for Abuja on a 12.30 pm scheduled Azman Airline flight on Wednesday.
He however said they did not leave Kano until 1.00am on Thursday morning when they finally boarded the aircraft.
He said apart from the lawmakers, several Nigerians scheduled to depart Kano on the same flight were left stranded with no explanation from the airline management.
Kalu told The Nation on arrival in Abuja at about 2.11 am that the airline management never offered them any explanation or apology for the treatment.
According to him: “No one said any thing at the airport.
“it was the usual statement from the pilot, saying sorry for the long wait, it was due to operational reasons. We believe that it was not weather because other airlines were fully operating.”
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Before departure from Kano, Kalu had told The Nation: “We have gone to their office and could not see anybody to address us. Some members have had to rebook their flight to other places like Lagos but we could not get that opportunity to leave Kano and so, we are still stranded here.
“This is against the consumer rights law of this country. If you are stranded, you are supposed to have the attention of the operators of that airline who should come to attend to you and even give you a cup of water.
“If National Assembly members can be disregarded like this, then you can imagine what the citizens pass through.
“I have with me here Rotimi Agunsoye, Henry Achibong and others. There are other Nigerians here who are equally stranded here. We are not just making this call because we are members of the National Assembly, but because of the common Nigerian.
“We are witnessing this first hand because sometimes when the citizens bring these complaints, it appear as if they are fabricated.
“Now, we are having what is called participatory observation. We are involved and we are feeling it. Nobody is taking care of them.
“Some of them don’t even have money to buy water and any moment from now, we will start buying them water as their leaders. This is supposed to be the responsibility of the airline.
“But as it stand, we can’t even see anybody to speak to us. So, it is a serious issue.
“We will find out from the Ministry of Aviation what is happening with this airline, but that will be when we return”.
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