Relevant stakeholders especially in the private sector were conspicuously absent from a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives on six executive bills on the aviation sector on Tuesday .
The Speaker , Femi Gbajabiamila, while declaring the hearing open , asked for identification of representatives of the private sector at the event.
Gbajabiamila said , “ The whole idea of public hearing is for people, interested parties to be present ; to contribute whatever observations they have .
“ At the end of the public hearing , the stakeholders from the private sector that didn ’ t show up for the public hearing , when the bill is about to be passed or when it is passed ; then , they will begin to complain .
“ As you can see now , not a single person from the private sector is here . There is the need for the private sector to be at public hearings . When a bill is passed , it may be too late to do anything.
Minister of Aviation , Senator Hadi Sirika , also expressed surprise over the non -appearance of the private sector .
Sirika said , “ The private sector that was a couple of weeks ago in the Senate for this same exercise are completely absent at today ’ s hearing at the House of Representatives. I am very curious to know why they are not here . ”