Air Nigeria to become operation by May 29 Sirika

On Thursday, the Federal Government guaranteed Nigerians that the national carrier would launch before May 29.

Sen. Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation, provided the guarantee in his speech at the National Aviation Stakeholders Forum 2023 in Abuja.

He claimed that the federal government was making every effort to get over the obstacles set up by the indigenous airlines who sued to halt the procedure.

But, the minister asserted that compared to other prior administrations, the one under President Muhammadu Buhari has provided more assistance for regional airlines.

Sirika emphasized that once fully operational, the national carrier would provide a large number of jobs and greater chances for the sector.

He bemoaned the fact that the only aviation sector in the world where trained pilots were out of work was that of Nigeria.

“Around 50 pilots have come to me complaining about their unemployed situation,” the minister added. The national airline should have the capacity to hire more pilots and generate additional employment opportunities.

Ethiopian Airlines, the preferred bidder for the national airline, is well-qualified and financially sound enough to improve the Nigerian aviation industry.

According to Sirika, the government has spent the last few years concentrating on airside infrastructure and private sector investment at airport terminals.

He emphasized how the ministry had encouraged the growth of related industries in the nation, such as aviation repair and airport service providers.

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