Senate vow to unbundle cartels behind aviation fuel scarcity


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As airline operators grapple with the challenge of aviation fuel known as Jet A1, the Senate on Monday vowed to intervene with a view to bringing the situation to an end.

The Senate expressed concerns over the scarcity of Jet A1 and the attendant disruption to flight operations but blamed the situation on cartels that had hijacked the distribution channels.

Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, who spoke during an oversight visit to aviation agencies in Lagos, said the Senate would unbundle the cartels hindering smooth distribution of the fuel.

He spoke at the headquarters of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in the presence of other heads of aviation agencies including the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

Passengers have been experiencing flight delays across airports with the operators blaming the problem on scarcity of Jet A1.

However, the Senators said a decisive action would be taken to get out of the situation.

“The committee will look at the matter and we will be decisive on it. We will unbundle the cartels”, Ibn Na’Allah said.

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