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And we are back again: Minister says FG still committed to launching national carrier

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And we are back again: Minister says FG still committed to launching national carrier

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Monday, said plans were underway by the federal government to revisit the national carrier project.

Backstory: Sirika told lawmakers while defending the ministry’s budget before the Senate Committee on Aviation that the project was only suspended in order for the ministry to put adequate measures in place.

Sirika said the project, which is President Muhammadu Buhari’s brainchild, will not be allowed to die.

He said, “We had to suspend the earlier plans for the national carrier for strategic reasons. The move was not killed. Provisions have to be made to continue to fund activities of advisers and so on, to ensure that it is delivered. The carrier will be delivered within the life of this administration, this I can assure you.”

On funding: Sirika said the carrier will not be funded solely by the government. “It is a Public Private Partnership (PPP). The private sector will lead and deliver while the government will play its role.”

The federal government on September 19, 2018, suspended the national carrier project two months after Sirika unveiled the new name and logo of the national carrier at the Farnborough International Airshow in London.

It was later disclosed that the Economic Management Team (EMT) headed by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, recommended the suspension of the national carrier project on the basis of not wanting to spend public funds on the project.

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