Frank talk

Imo CAN boss calls for ban on rickety planes

The chairman of the Imo State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Cosmas Ilechukwu, has called for immediate stock-taking of all air lines operating in the Nigerian air space in order to flush out what he termed “flying coffins”.


Speaking to Christian Voice in his office last Tuesday in reaction to the Dana Air disaster last Sunday in Lagos, Pastor Ilechukwu accused the Nigerian authorities of encouraging the dumping in the country substandard goods which he said “had long been rejected by the other parts of the world”.

He submitted that air line business is capital-intensive and should not be an all-comers affair demanding that only those with the resources should be authorised to be in the business.

The Imo CAN boss further described as shameful federal government’s inability to float a national airline on what he termed the flimsy excuse that Nigerians are incapable of successfully managing airlines.

While he remained skeptical of the excuse, he, in the alternative, suggested the engagement of foreign experts in airline management  to manage the Air Nigeria he canvases for.

Pastor Ilechukwu dismissed any attempt to link plane crashesin Nigeria with bad weather arguing that Nigeria has one of the most clement weather conditions in the world compared with other countries with perennial inclement weather yet with less records of air disaster.

He further contended that modern aircrafts are equipped with gadgets for all-weather operations and wondered why the federal government could not make it compulsory for air line operators in the country to acquire such sophisticated air crafts.