Africa is the most dangerous place to fly, the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah said, Thursday, in Abuja, at the ongoing African Ministerial Conference on Aviation Safety in Africa.
“Available empirical data indicate that Africa is at the lowest rung of the ladder,” Ms. Oduah said.
Nigeria, Africa’s largest country, has witnessed air accidents which has caused the death of hundreds of people.
The latest one occurred in June when a carrier jet, belonging to Dana Airline, crashed into a residential community in Iju-Ishaga, Lagos, killing all its 153 occupants and several residents of the crash site.
Relatedly, the Aviation Safety Network has ranked Africa as the continent with the fifth worst record in air mishaps. Between1945 and now, the network stated, Africa has experienced 360 accidents, causing 7,710 fatalities.
North America had the work record within that same period, as it experienced 887 accidents leading to 12,803 fatalities.
The minister, while speaking on ways of reducing air mishaps at the conference, said that “the aviation safety scorecard can be changed through collaborative and cooperative engagements of African countries and institutions.”
She said the Nigerian aviation ministry has commenced reconstruction of 22 airports, and also the upgrade and replacement of aviation safety and security infrastructure.
She said the dynamism of modern airport operations inspired the ministry to adopt an ‘aerothropolis concept,’ to develop businesses around the major international gateways in the country.