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National Carrier To Begin Operations In December

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There are indications that the much awaited national carrier for Nigeria will commence operations in the last quarter of this year, precisely in December.

General manager, Public Affairs of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs Henrietta Yakubu gave the hint recently in a Facebook post in her page. 

LEADERSHIP gathered that the information may not be unconnected with a very crucial meeting held last week by the nation’s aviation industry stakeholders with the minister of States on Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika in Abuja. 

The meeting which discussed issues bordering on the sector, including the national carrier was attended by Sirika, Permanent Secretary, Transport, Alh. Sabiu Zakari, directors from the Ministry, heads of aviation parastatals, director-general, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), transaction advisers, heads of Aviation agencies amongst others.

Over the years, many Nigerians have been looking forward for their own national airline.  Raising their hopes, Sirika had few weeks ago emphasised that Nigeria will soon have a privately-owned national air carrier.  Sirika stated this while addressing journalists in Addis Ababa on the sidelines of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, AU.

The minister said the government would provide an “enabling environment and support”, and would take advantage of the Single Air Transport Market launched by the African Union recently.

He said apart from Nigerian entrepreneurs, the African Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and the Chinese Exim Bank as well as countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Rwanda, Namibia, and Niger Republic would participate in the initiative.

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