Senate Pays Glowing Tribute To Ethiopian Airline Crash Victims, Adesanmi, Bashua

LAGOS MARCH 20TH (NEWSRANGERS)-The Senate on Tuesday, March 19, observed a minute silence in honour of Nigerian-born Prof. Pius Adesanmi and Amb. Abiodun Bashua, who both died in the ill-fated Ethiopian Airline plane that crashed two weeks ago.
Prof. Adesamni and Amb. Bashua, as well as other passengers, died on March 10 when the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft belonging to the Ethiopian Airlines fleet they had boarded en route Nairobi, Kenya, crashed six minutes after take off.
The decision to honour the two Nigerians was a sequel to a motion of urgent importance moved by Sen. Gbenga Ashafa (APC, Lagos).
Speaking on the motion, Ashafa said:
“The sad demise of the two illustrious Nigerians in the recent Ethiopian Airlines crash of March 10, 2019, and the need for Nigeria to protect its airspace from the Boeing 737 Max 8 series pending the determination of its airworthiness.”
Also speaking on the motion, Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa commended the Minister of State for Transport, Hadi Sidika for the swift response by grounding all 737 Max 8 Aircraft in the country.
“As we mourn these illustrious, eminent and distinguished sons of Nigeria, I want to commend the Minister of State for Transport for banning the 737 Max 8 Aircraft in the country. We should use the opportunity to develop our own national airline.”
Sen. Abiodun Olujimi who also supported the motion advocated for the revival of a national carrier in Nigeria.
“These are not the best of times. We need to own our own national airline so that we can have our own regulations to monitor our own aviation laws,” she said.
The Senate accordingly resolved to ‘commend the Federal Ministry of Aviation and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority for moving swiftly in mitigating the operations of the Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 series aircraft within the Nigerian airspace in order to ensure the safety of all Nigerians.’
“We urge the Federal Ministry of Aviation and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority to ensure that all aircrafts operating within the Nigerian airspace are airworthy in order to keep Nigerians safe at all times,” the Senate resolved.

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