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Lawmakers tell Tinubu to stop launching of Nigeria Air, label project a disgrace

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Nigeria’s Federal Lawmakers have asked President Bola Tinubu to set up a committee to carry out a holistic review of all the processes involved in the setting up of the Nigeria Air Project. This comes after the house committee on Aviation met the managing director of Nigeria Air on Tuesday.

Nnolim Nnaji, the Chairman of, the House Committee on Aviation said this in Abuja after a careful evaluation of issues surrounding the Nigeria Air Project.

He revealed that the lawmakers were not pleased with the actions of former Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika who went on to flag off the project even though there is an existing court injunction against such action. Mr. Nnaji also faulted the ministry for not providing a clear plan how the running and sustainability of the airline.

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The Legislator said the process involved in the Nigeria Air project lacked merit and credibility after a careful review. He said such an action is capable of tarnishing the image of the country.

Dapo Olumide, the managing director of Nigeria revealed that the aircraft branded as “Nigeria Air” was hired from Ethiopia Airlines by the Ministry of Aviation and was presented by its officials led by former Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika. He added that the airline was hired to unveil the logo of the national carrier.

“We want to put on record that the committee and, indeed, the National Assembly had no role in the purported launch of Nigeria Air or anything related thereof,” stated the House committee chair on aviation.

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However, the Legislator went on to say that it is not the case that the Lawmakers are opposed to the country having a national carrier but the process involved must be faultless and transparent. He also said Lawmakers will not allow anyone or a group to steal the commonwealth of the country.

As a result, the committee urged the federal aviation ministry and its partners in the Nigeria Air project to immediately cease flight operations and all other Nigeria Air-related activities.

The committee also recommended that the aviation ministry, in collaboration with its agency, the NCAA, identify some local airlines as carriers eligible for Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASA).

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“In conclusion, looking at the total amount required to fully start the airline, which is put at $250,000,000, the Nigerian government and its citizenry can raise these funds without necessarily subjecting itself to the ridicule we have been exposed to by this recent episode,”

Nigeria was claimed to have entered the pact, pending the arrival of a viable national carrier.

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