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Reps member seeks aviation employment quota for host communities



A member of the House of Representatives, Mr Ganiyu Johnson, on Sunday, advocated for a policy to compel aviation companies to reserve certain percentage of their jobs for qualified people of their host communities.

Johnson, representing Oshodi/Isolo Federal Constituency II, made the call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.

According to him, aviation operations impact negatively on host communities, saying the employment quota for residents will serve as compensation.

Johnson pointed out that residents of his Oshodi/Isolo constituency II suffered daily noise pollution emanating from aircraft owing to the proximity of the area to the airport.

”There should be a policy to mandate aviation companies and airlines to reserve a certain percentage of their jobs to qualified people of their host communities.

”FAAN, NCAA and others should engage some people in areas close to airports because of some negative impact of aviation activities on host communities.

”For example, in my constituency which is one of the catchment areas of the airport, people suffer a lot as result of noise pollution from aircraft.

”Therefore, it is important we have this policy to, at least, serve as compensation,” he said.

According to the lawmaker, the policy is one of the things he will push for when the House resumes from recess.

Johnson, a former Commissioner for Works in Lagos, decried the state of some major roads in his constituency and called for urgent interventions.

He said Mushin Road, which links Isolo to NNPC Depot in Ejigbo, was in a bad state, and enjoined the Federal Government to upgrade the road.

The lawmaker also urged the government to give attention to Okota road as its bad state was affecting movements in the area.

He pledged to carry out interventions on some bad inner roads in the area as part of his constituency projects.

On the affirmation of his election by the National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal on Sept. 10, Johnson said he was elated by the ruling.

He said the verdict reflected that he had the mandate of the people as their representative, adding it would spur him to work harder for his constituency.

”I am happy over the ruling; it means the people actually gave me their mandate to represent them at the House of Representatives.

”I thank the people of my constituency for their trust in me, this will spur me to do more as their representative,” he said.

The tribunal, sitting in Ikeja, had dismissed the petition by Mr Emmanuel Nnodim, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who had challenged the victory of Johnson in the election .

Justice S .I Okpara, who delivered the judgment had said the petitioner failed to prove the allegations of malpractices and irregularities during the February elections.

”In the light of this, we find no merit in the petition and it is hereby dismissed,” Okpara said.

Edited by Abiodun Esan/Ismaila Chafe

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