Barely two months after its proposal, the Federal Government on Wednesday announced suspension of the planned national carrier, Nigeria Air.
The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Siriki, made the shocking announcement, noting that the project suspension was a tough decision for the Federal Executive Council.
“I regret to announce that the Federal Executive Council has taken the tough decision to suspend the National Carrier Project in the interim. All commitments due will be honoured. We thank the public for the support as always,” the minister tweeted from @hadisirika.
Recall that FELLOW PRESS reported that the minister in July had flagged off the national carrier at a press conference during the Farnborough Air Show in London.
Sirika was quoted to have said, “I am very pleased to tell you that we are finally on track to launching a new national flag carrier for our country, Nigeria Air. We are all fully committed to fulfilling the campaign promise made by our President, Muhammadu Buhari, in 2015. We are aiming to launch Nigeria Air by the end of this year.
“We obtained the Certificate of Compliance from the Nigerian Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission two weeks ago and can now go into the investor search. I am confident that we will have a well-run national flag carrier that is a global player, compliant with international safety standards and one which has the customer at its heart.
“We hope to establish an airline that communicates the essence of our beautiful country; an airline we can all be proud of.”