National Assembly members condemn Azman over delayed flight for 12 hours
Members of the National Assembly and other passengers were left stranded at the Aminu Kano International Airport by Azman Airline on Wednesday and allegedly without officials of the domestic airline attending to them.
The members of the House of Representatives were said to have embarked on an official assignment as members of the Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream).
It was learnt that the airline shifted their return flight to Abuja from 12:30pm, when it was scheduled to take off, to 2:30pm, then to 6pm, then to 9:45pm and later to to 12:15am (on Thursday).
Sources among the lawmakers said no official of the airline had addressed the stranded passengers as of the time of filing this report at 10pm on Wednesday.
Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu, who was equally affected, confirmed the development to journalists.
Other lawmakers said to have been stranded include Messrs Rotimi Agunsoye, Henry Archibong, Ikengbonju Gboluga, among others.
Kalu lamented that airlines, especially Azman, have allegedly resolved to treat Nigerians without respect, which is against the country’s law on consumer protection. According to him, where a passenger is delayed for two hours, an operator is expected to reach out to the passengers.
The lawmaker lamented that they left the airport for the airline’s office and no one was on ground to address them.
He said, “It is important the people we represent know where we are and 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.”
The House’ spokesman, who spoke on behalf of the lawmakers, expressed concern that this is what the ordinary Nigerians pass through on a daily basis while travelling.
Kalu said, “We just came out to see the manager and other members are still inside. In the hall (departure lounge), a lot of Nigerians were left stranded. There are other Nigerians who are stranded and we are witnessing this first-hand and we are feeling it. Some of the citizens were abandoned here. We are raising this call for common Nigerians. Sometimes when citizens bring their complaint, it appears as if they fabricated it. But this one, we are involved and we are seeing this for ourselves.
“We don’t know when we are leaving here and we have shown interest to find out from the Ministry of Aviation and the Consumer Protection Council what is happening to the aviation sector as soon as we return (to Abuja).” Punch