The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Ministry of Aviation, has announced that despite controversies surrounding the establishment of the national carrier, Nigeria Air, local and international flights will commence soon.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made this revelation during the National Aviation Stakeholders Forum 2023 in Abuja.
According to the minister, negotiations with the Ethiopian Airlines Group Consortium and the Federal Government of Nigeria are ongoing, and the next step is the approval of the Full Business Case by the Federal Executive Council.
He assured the stakeholders that operations of local and international flights would commence soon, before the end of the current administration, and before May 29, they will fly.
The establishment of the national carrier is expected to bring several benefits to Nigeria, including reduced capital flight from the country, optimal benefits of BASA and SAATM, and the development of an aviation hub.
The national carrier is also expected to contribute to the GDP, facilitate hospitality and tourism, and promote the growth and development of the Nigerian Agricultural Sector. Additionally, it will create jobs around the Agro-Cargo Terminals.
Despite the controversies surrounding the establishment of the national carrier, it is clear that the Federal Government is committed to its realization. The commencement of local and international flights will undoubtedly have a positive impact on Nigeria’s economy and create numerous job opportunities for its citizens.