Hon. Benjamin Kalu, member representing Bende federal constituency of Abia state and other members of the House of Representatives in the National Assembly were on Wednesday left stranded at the Kano International Airport by Azman Airline, as officials absconded from the airport, Total News.ng reports.
How it Happened
Candidreporters.com gathered that the House Spokesman, Hon. Benjamin Kalu expressed worry that airline operators especially Azman airline have resolved to treat Nigerians without respect which is against the consumer protection law of the country where if a passenger is delayed for two hours, the operators should reach out to thier passengers.
The lawmakers boarded Azman Airline for an official assignment with House Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) and Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) and waited for hours unattended to for a flight that was scheduled to take off at 12:30pm but was shifted to 2:30pm and then to 6pm and was moved to 9:45am and again moved to 12:15pm.
As at the time of filing this report, no official of the airline was on ground to address passengers.
Implication of Act and need for Awareness
According to Hon Benjamin Kalu, “It is important the people we represent know where we are and the the National Assembly knows we are still stranded here and as we speak to you nobody is at the counter to address us, not even the manager.”
Representative Kalu who spoke on behalf of the lawmakers expressed concern that this is what the ordinary Nigerians pass through on daily basis while travelling.
In his words: “We just came out to see the manager and other members are still inside.”
Another passenger Abdullahi Alhassan Bashir and his wife were also captured waiting endlessly without being attended to.
Other lawmakers who identified themselves include: Hon. Rotimi Agunsoye, Hon. Henry Archibong, Hon. Gboluga Tinboju, among others
In his words: “In the hall a lot of Nigerians were left stranded, there are other Nigerians who are stranded and we are witnessing this firsthand and we are feeling it. Some of the citizens abandoned here.
“We are raising this call for common Nigerians, sometimes when citizens bring their complain it appears as if they fabricated it.
“But this one we are involved and we are seeing this for ourselves,” the House spokesman noted.
According to him, the lawmakers after leaving the airport for the airline’s office, did not see any of the officials that could address them.
“We don’t know when we are leaving here and we have shown interest to find out from the Ministry of Aviation and Consumer Protection Council what is happening to the Aviation sector as soon as we return,” he said.