National Carrier: Please Ignore AMCON

By Chris Aligbe This piece has become necessary following the recent proposal by the CEO of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to the National Assembly that the Minister of Aviation should merge Arik and Aero and use them to float a National Carrier rather than starting a brand new one, which has been on the works for the last four years. This suggestion made by Ahmed Kuru during his budget defence has, as expected, elicited a flurry of comments and interventions by well-meaning industry analysts and stakeholders; with…

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AON applauds FG for suspending planned National Carrier

The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has commend the federal government of Nigeria for taking the bold step to suspend the planned National Carrier Project in the interest of the nation. AON said in a statement that the suspension was in response to its many cries for reason and continued call for a rethink by government regarding the project in the light of the tough economic situation in the country today and the fact that it is a moribund idea. The AON chairman, Capt. Nogie Meggison stated that: “We thank…

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FG announces suspension of new national carrier

The federal government has announced the suspension of the proposed new national carrier, Nigeria Air indefinitely. The minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika who disclosed this development via his twitter handle @hadisirika on Wednesday said the Federal Executive Council took the tough decision to suspend the National Carrier Project in the interim. Sirika noted that the federal government will honour all due commitments. The minister tweeted on Wednesday on his Twitter handle @hadisirika that: “I regret to announce that the Federal Executive Council has taken the tough decision to suspend…

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Minister explains concerns on Nigeria Air

By Sen. Hadi Sirika Dear Nigerians  Since the very successful unveiling of the national carrier name and logo at the Farnborough Air show and the wide acclaim of Nigerians and Investors. A few nameless and named Nigerians have unfortunately gone to social media to spread falsehood about the national carrier project. Constructive criticism is the hallmark of democracy but spreading falsehood does our nation and people no good service. The current campaign of falsehood, unfortunately reminds me of what happened when we decided for safety reasons to close Abuja Airport…

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Aviation expert urges FG to brief Nigerians on management, funding of National carrier

The chief executive officer of African Aviation Services Limited, Chairman African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) and former African Airlines Association, AFRAA secretary general, Nick Fadugba has urged the federal government to brief the Nigerian people on the new national carrier in terms of the management, funding, and the fleet, rather than doing it abroad. Fadugba said the government needs to come home and explain to the whole nation the concept of the national carrier. Speaking in an interview with Journalists on the sidelines of the 22nd League of Airport and…

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New National Carrier: ART calls for caution, objects to committee of Govt. agency heads

The Nigerian aviation industry professional body, Aviation Round Table, ART has advised the federal government to be cautious in its approach for the establishment of a new national carrier. The Aviation Round Table in a press statement made available to the Media on Friday, June 8, stated that the body is not in sync with the committee made up of Government agency heads to midwife the process of setting up the proposed National Carrier. The ART explained in the statement that an ideal national carrier must be domestically registered with…

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