- Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, has faulted claims that he takes bribes before flights are approved
- The minister said he has never asked for or collected bribe from any aviation business man or woman
- Sirika noted that he is ready to provide documents to show that monies are not being charged for approval for flights
Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, on Monday, June 1, challenged anyone who has ever given him a bribe to come forward.
The minister made the statement when reacting to allegations from some Nigerians who claimed that the ministry of aviation demands money before flights are approved, The Cable reported.
He dismissed the accusations against him as false, insisting that has never asked for or received a bribe while carrying out his duties.
Speaking at the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, Sirika pointed out that he has never asked for or collected bribe from any aviation business man or woman.
“For us in this government, we are very conscious of the weight of responsibility on our heads. I’ve been minister five years now and I challenge anybody before all of these cameras," he said.
He said the ministry of aviation was ready to provide documents to show that monies are not charged for approval of flights.
The minister stated that the Buhari-led administration is different and urged Nigerians to stop living in the past.
In another report, the director-general of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, said major airports in the country would in the next few days roar into life after weeks of inactivity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
The Nation reported that Nuhu stated this at a virtual event organised by the Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ART) titled COVID-19: The challenges and opportunity for Nigeria’s aviation value chain, during and post.
Legit.ng gathered that the airports are the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja; Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja; Aminu Kano Airport, Kano and the Port Harcourt Airport, Choba, Rivers state.
In another report, China evacuated 325 of its citizens from Nigeria on Thursday, May 28 as the coronavirus cases in the country continue to soar.
A report by Channels Television says the plane carrying the Chinese nationals is heading to the Asian country's commercial capital, Shanghai.
The Chinese nationals left the country on the same day Nigeria reported 182 new infections bringing the total number of cases to 8,915.
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