The managing director of Triple Cee Multimedia and a member of the 2015 All Progress Congress Presidential Campaign Council Ibrahim Mohammed Jirgi, has said the prolonged downing of Azman Air by the Aviation Authorities, leaving only Max Air flying few routes, has left the “North grounded”
Jirgi, a veteran journalist and public affairs commentator, on a statement signed decried that the whole region is suffering as a result of the measures imposed by the aviation authorities more than a month now.
According to him, “most northern routes are now left with only one airline or none at all, listing Gombe, Kebbi, Sokoto, Kaduna, Yola as worst hit while, Maiduguri, Kano, Bauchi, Jos, and Katsina are coping with only the services of MAX Air.
He added that, ” Is sad that air fares have increased by over 300-percent on most northern routes while reservations are made about four to 20 days in advance for flights from Kano to Abuja or Abuja to Maiduguri or Bauchi to Abuja.
The statement lemented that, northern Nigeria which has remained at the receiving end for long, is today grounded not on economic or political power but on Aviation power. called on the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika to urgently act to review the safety stand so that, the vital services denied the North will be restored.
Ibrahim Jirgi said, the entire Aviation leadership is in the hands of a Northerner, but regrettably left in the hands of touts.
Jirgi regretted that with Azman Air grounded, flight fares have also soared to unpredictable proportions as demand far outweighs the available services, stressing that it is unfortunate for the North to be suffering at this crucial time when its security situation is completely jeopardised.