The House of Representatives have secured the cooperation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to make available six million litres of JetA1 (aviation fuel) to aviation fuel marketers chosen by the Airlines Operators of Nigeria (AON).
The deal was struck at a meeting with AON representatives at the National Assembly. Stakeholders present at the meeting included the representatives of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Ministry of Aviation, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), NNPC, Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Nigerian Airspace Management Authority (NAMA), among others.
Recall that the AON had earlier threatened to shutdown local airline services but reportedly withdrew the threat under pressure from the Federal Government. The airline operators say rising cost of key inputs such as aviation fuel necessitated the intended shutdown. Meanwhile, Part of the resolutions reached at the meeting, which lasted for over three hours, include that, as a long term solution, the airline operators must commence, as soon as possible, the process of securing a license for the importation of aviation fuel to avoid suspicion over the landing cost of the product and other associated logistic issues
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