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NIGERIA: Federal Government Revisits Nigeria Air Project



The logo of the new national carrier (Source: NAN)

The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced its intentions to revisit its shelved national carrier project, Nigeria Air.

Nigeria Air, a national airline project which name and logo were unveiled at the Farnborough International Airshow in London in July 2018 by the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, was suspended in September 2018 by the Federal Government.

According to the Minister, the Federal Government is committed to deliver all its promises to the citizenry, hence, the need to resuscitate the project.

The Minister while defending the earlier suspension of the project; an action that was taken six months ago, stated that the suspension was necessary to allow for the ministry and the committee effectively strategise on delivering on the project.

Hadi Sirika speaking on the earlier suspension said β€œWe had to the earlier plans for the national carrier for strategic reasons. The move was not killed,”.

He further stated that “provisions have to be made to continue to fund activities of advisers and so on, to ensure that it is delivered”

According to Hadi Siriki, the national carrier project will be completed before the end of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

He said β€œThe carrier will be delivered within the life of this administration, this I can assure you,”

Speaking about the project, the Minister further pointed out that β€œIt is not forgotten by the Government. It will continue and we are doing everything we can to deliver it.”

As announced at the unveiling, the Minister further stressed that the Private sector will take the lead in the funding and management of the operation of the national carrier, while the role played by the Federal Government in the airline venture will be limited.

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