The Minister of Finance, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has said the federal government has set up a committee that will audit and review the operation of airlines in the country.
The minister was responding to a request by a stake holder in the Aviation sector, and who is the Chairman of IRS, Alhaji Karami Isiyaku Rabiu that something urgently should be done to the operating airlines in the country to avert further occurrences of such ugly incidents like the Dana Air crash which occurred in Lagos..
She made the government's position known during a Town Hall meeting she held with members of the business community in Kano, over the weekend.
Although she did not disclosed the strength and membership of the committee, Mrs Okonjo-Iweala, who also Co-Coordinating Minister of the Economy, said frequent air mishaps in the country where lives and properties are lost was worrisome and government must act fast since everybody in the country needs effective services of airlines.
According to the minister, appropriate measures would soon be put in place to ensure safe and efficient operations of the airlines in order to streamline their operations and guarantee safety of peoples' lives.
On the creation of jobs in the country, the minister said the federal government has come up with so many initiatives that would provide opportunities to skilled and unskilled youth and women in the country, adding that funds and logistics would be provided to ensure smooth running of programs and services in the country.
"We are not just talking but we are working to see that our local investors have access to funds and are provided with enabling environment that will make them successful," she said.
On the same basis the Minister hinted that the federal government's policy on export expansion grant would certainly remain because already the grant has tremendously worked for some leather companies that are today providing serious job opportunities.
According to her, the federal government was set to provide enabling environment by looking into the tax administration, tax incentives, power situation and providing appropriate policies that will stabilize the nations' exchange rate, and cut down the inflation rate.
The Minster, however, said that the growing rate of inflation was not peculiar to Nigeria alone as she said that countries that has less than three percent inflation rate has a record of two digits ranging between 10 and 25 percent.
While speaking on the occasion, Kano State Deputy Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who represented the state governor, Dr. Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso, said that the state government has come up with a number of policies that had so far generated jobs and mitigated the hardship of the people.
According to him, the state government has so far generated over 50,000 job opportunities through its various programs that were targeted at youth and women in the state.
Coordinator of the town hall meeting and chairman of Kano State Entrepreneurship Business Support Committee, Alhaji Muhammad Yusuf Jamu said the committee has identified youth and women that require training and financial assistance for the success of their businesses.
He disclosed that the meeting would be a continues exercise in order to bring people in the formal and informal sector of the economy closer to the government for them to take advantage of the services provided through various economic programs and loan facilities.