Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation, has said that Nigeria will have a national carrier before the year ends. He stated that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari was working hard in collaboration with private investors to ensure that the dream was actualised as promised during his presidential campaign.
“We are going to have a national carrier; it is on course and because it is a PPP thing it has to go through IC and C, and also has to follow all the due process.
“So it is time-consuming but I hope very soon before the end of the year we will have a very strong viable national airline.”
Meanwhile Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, has said a national carrier would help improve the country’s economy as well as create employment opportunities.
“The speed at which business is transacted and cargoes or freight are conveyed are greatly enhanced by airline movements, so it will grow your economy and enhance development, including the fact that it will create employment,” Amaechi said.
The old Nigerian Airways ran into extinction, with a debt of over $40 million, after operating for about 45 years — from 1958 to 2003.