OrderPaperToday – Some members of of the House of Representatives were reportedly left stranded at the Kano International Airport by a commercial airline.
The lawmakers had traveled on the airline to Kano for an official assignment under the auspices of the Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream).
However, a planned return to Abuja on same airline proved a long waiting game for them and other passengers scheduled on the flight initially billed to take off at 12:30pm but was shifted to 2:30pm, and then to 6.00pm.
The flight was however moved to 9:45pm and then to 12:15pm but there was no plane nor officials of the airline to make explanations.
Speaking to Newsmen on the matter, the House of Representatives spokesman, Mr. Benjamin Kalu, who was on the delegation, expressed worry that airline operators have resolved to treat Nigerians without respect.
He said such practice is against the consumer protection law of the country which stipulates that if an airline passenger is delayed for two hours, the operators should reach out to them with explanations.
According to him, “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.”
Representative Kalu who spoke on behalf of the lawmakers expressed concern that this is what everyday Nigerians pass through on daily basis while travelling.
He said: “In the hall a lot of Nigerians were left stranded, there are other Nigerians who are stranded and we are witnessing this firsthand and we are feeling it. Some of the citizens abandoned here.
“We are raising this call for common Nigerians, sometimes when citizens bring their complain it appears as if they fabricated it but this one we are involved and we are seeing this for ourselves.”
Other lawmakers who identified themselves as being stranded at the airport include Rotimi Agunsoye, Henry Archibong, and Gboluga Tinboju, among others.