JUST IN: FG Suspends National Carrier Project

Nellie Chapman
September 20, 2018

"I regret to announce that the Federal Executive Council has taken the tough decision to suspend the National Carrier Project in the interim", Mr Sirika said.

In a separate statement, Sirika said: "The suspension was strategic and had nothing to do with politics".

Reasons have emerged on why the federal government on Wednesday announced the immediate suspension of its widely publicised national carrier, Nigeria Air.

The minister reportedly said the federal government's decision to suspend the procurement of Nigeria Air was reached at the federal executive council meeting.

"All commitments due will be honoured".

But the Nigerian government dismissed all concerns raised, saying the airline would begin operation before the end of 2018.

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Passenger Darshak Hath said there has also been issues with the plane's air conditioning after it took off from Mumbai . Civil Aviation Ministry has taken cognizance of the matter and have asked DGCA to file a report immediately.

NTA recalls that the Minister unveiled the national carrier at Farnborough, one of the biggest Airshows in the world on the 18th of July 2018.

The plan was for the government to own no more than 5 percent.

Operators in the aviation sector and other industry observers had expressed doubt over the planned national carrier, as they criticised some of the measures adopted by the government in driving the process.

Responding to social media questions raised about the national carrier, Sirika had explained that the funding requirements for the airline were in stages. "It will also create economic opportunities and jobs", he added. Hadi Sirika revealed that the airline would start yielding profits in the first three years of operation.

The Infrastructural Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) had given zero government control as the condition for issuing the public-private partnership certificate.

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