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National Carrier Commences Operations In December – Sirika



The minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has reiterated his pledge that the proposed national airline for Nigeria will be unveiled in December, 2018.

The minister, who gave the assurance while receiving the Outline Business Case Certificate of Compliance from the director-general of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Engr Chidi Izuwah, said the presentation of the Certificate of Compliance was an official approval of the process through which the project has gone so far.

According to the minister, there is no doubt that the issue of national carrier for the country is very close to the hearts of both the government and the people, which is the reason it has taken the option of a Public Private Partnership with the belief that it was the only way to deliver a national carrier that would stand the test of time.

In a statement signed by deputy director, Media & Public Affairs of the ministry, James Odaudu‎, Sirika commended the efforts of the ICRC director general and his team in ensuring that the national carrier project has remained on track through the observation of all legal aid regulatory frameworks.

Sirika also expressed satisfaction with the way the Transaction Advisers have carried out their assignments with utmost diligence and timeliness, assuring that the national carrier that would be delivered would be world class in operation and management.

He used the occasion to debunk claims that the National Carrier would sound the death knell for other airlines operating in the country, noting that Nigeria, with a population of over 180million people with so many routes that are not serviced, offers more than enough space for all serious airlines to operate profitably.

Speaking earlier, the director-general of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Engr Chidi Izuwah said the presentation of the Certificate of Compliance was an official green light to proceed with the procurement process.

He said that his Commission, in granting the Certificate reviewed the Project Structuring Report, also known as the Outline Business Case, in line with the ICRC Act of 2005.

According Izuwah,  the Certificate was granted on the condition that the federal government has committed to leveraging on private sector capital and expertise towards the establishment of the national carrier through the provision of a Viability Gap Funding for the project.

The ICRC director-general commended Senator Hadi Sirika for his commitment to  changing the face of Aviation in the country through infrastructural renaissance and said that the PPP remains the only viable option for Nigeria in view of dwindling national resources.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has formally commissioned, the PEBEC Report Kiosks at the international wing of the Muritala Mohammed Airport (MMA) in Lagos.

The Kiosks is expected to serve as a self-service terminal, with customer service representatives to promote the PEBEC Report app.

In a statement issued yesterday, signed by the  senior special assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Jumoke Oduwole, the Council stated that the app is the PEBEC’s official public service website for complaints and feedback on the service delivery standards of select Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

According to Oduwole, the app was launched on 25 June 2018 at a special PEBEC meeting after a 6-month preparation period, adding that it has piloted with nine of the PEBEC priority MDAs (PPM); Citizens and Business Department, Corporate Affairs Commission, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Ports Authority and Standards Organisation of Nigeria.

Emphasising on the importance of the app, Oduwole pointed out that it makes it easy for anyone to resolve issues encountered when dealing with MDAs; strengthens federal enforcement, service delivery and public protection efforts on a national level (through filing a complaint) and equally helps identify trends and tracks the issues that matter to Nigerian citizens.

“The app includes a feedback mechanism for MDAs, which have assigned administrators to handle complaints according to pre-agreed service level agreements (SLA). All administrators have been trained on how to handle complaints and feedback from the app within a 72-hour timeline. On June 27 2018, the Federal Executive Council also approved a directive on strict compliance by all MDAs to respond to complains within 72 hours”.

“This web-based application is to foster transparency and efficiency in furtherance to the Executive Order 001 (EO1). Recall that the EO1 was signed on 18 May 2017 by Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), then Acting President to promote transparency and efficiency in the business environment. To foster a robust monitoring and evaluation process (M&E), EO1 mandated all MDAs to submit monthly reports to the office of the Head of Service and SERVICOM. The Enabling Business Environment Secretariat tracks compliance of select MDAs with EO1 directives. On June 25 2018, a 12-month anniversary report, tracking the performance of PPMs, was presented at the special PEBEC meeting in the presence of private sector stakeholders”, the statement read in part.