FG Announces New Date for National Carrier Nigerian Air to Begin Operation

  • The Federal Government of Nigeria has promised that the national carrier, Nigerian Air will commence operations before the handover ceremony of President Muhammadu Buhari
  • This assurance was given to Nigerians by the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Thursday, March 23
  • According to Sirika, the local airline operators have continued to frustrate the commencement of the airline’s operation

Despite the ongoing court case, the Nigerian government has announced that the national carrier, Nigeria Air, will begin operations before Muhammadu Buhari hands over power to the next president of Nigeria.

Daily Trust reports that the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika assured that the national carrier will fly before May 29, the day of handover to the next administration.

Hadi Sirika, Nigerian Air, Aviation industry, FGN, Muhammadu Buhari
The minister of aviation has assured that the national carrier will fly before May 29. Photo: Hadi Sirika
Source: UGC

Speaking at the National Aviation Stakeholders Forum 2023, on Thursday, March 23, the minister explained that the Nigerian government is taking measures to overcome the challenges introduced by some of the indigenous airlines that went to court to stop the process.

Describing the action by the airline operators as unfair, Sirika said President Buhari’s administration had shown nothing but support for the local airlines.

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According to the minister, the support shown to the local airlines by the present administration has surpassed whatever efforts were made by previous governments towards the development of the aviation industry.

Sirika also alleged that the local airlines have continued to serve as a stumbling block for the actualization of the national carrier which will impact new jobs and better opportunities in the industry.

He said the aviation industry is the only one in the world where qualified pilots are without jobs.

The minister also noted that a group of about 50 pilots had come to him to complain about their unemployment status despite having the need for aviation industry certification.

He said Nigerian Air should be able to employ more pilots and create other job opportunities.

Stakeholders speak on the ease of doing business at seaports, hailing Nigerian Ports Authority MD Bello Koko

Stakeholders in the maritime sector have commended the Nigerian Ports Authority and the managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko for the massive improvement in the ease of doing business at Nigeria’s seaports.

Some critical stakeholders who spoke on condition of anonymity expressed satisfaction at the improvement in traffic on the port access road virtually rendered activity at the Lagos ports comatose before Bello-Koko’s reforms. Mohammed Bello-Koko has been commended for creating jobs through the NPA.

Visits to Warri, Port Harcourt and Calabar also showed massive improvements in infrastructure and orderliness as against what was obtainable at the ports a few years ago.

Finally, the Ports Authority boss opens up on key activities of oil thieves on Nigeria’s pipelines

Oil thieves across the country are said to exhibit some level of intelligence in carrying out their criminal activities.

These thieves, the managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Mohammed Bello-Koko said turn off the automatic identification system of the vessels before engaging in their stock in trade.

According to Bello-Koko, the Federal Government will go ahead and deploy the vessel traffic service (VTS) to monitor the activities around oil pipelines.

Source: Legit.ng

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