The federal government, yesterday set up a nine-man airlines audit committee, as part of the measures to forestall future plane crashes.
It will be recalled that on Sunday, 153 passengers of a local Dana aircraft which was flying from Lagos to Abuja, died after it crashed into a residential area in Iju, a suburb of Lagos.
The Technical and Administrative committee, headed by Group Captain John Obakpolor (rtd), an aeronautical engineer is expected to look into up-to-date audit of all airlines.
Other members of the panel are Captain Austin Omame, Capt Dele Sasegbon, Dr OB Aliu, FC Onyeyiri, Capt Mfon Udom, Capt Muhtar Usman, Dr Tony Anuforom and Capt A Mshelia.
The government assured that the outcome of the committee’s report, which has six months to do its work, will be made public.
Briefing reporters immediately after the "special" Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held in memory of the victims of flight 9j-922, Aviation Minister Stella Oduah said the committee, which has six months to complete its work was expected to come up with a comprehensive report on each of the airlines in the country.
On regulation, she said the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), will be strengthened. This, she said, includes the implementation of the Central Bank/Ministry of Aviation committee recommendations.
She said: "Mr. President has graciously approved the names of those that will be part of the investigative panel. As you are aware, there are two investigative panels that will be going on simultaneously; one will use the other as a resource, based on aviation global best practices.
"We cannot redesign ours; we have to do it in line with what is obtainable in the aviation sector. And so, immediately an accident takes place in aviation, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) commences investigation