Nigeria to suspend national airline project

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The Federal Government has suspended the planned national carrier Nigeria Air indefinitely.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika has announced the suspension of Nigeria's National Carrier on Wednesday.

The Minister of State Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja while briefing newsmen.

The chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines said in August the airline was frontrunner to set up and manage the carrier.

"All commitments due will be honoured".

"We thank the public for the support as always".

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Sirika gave no explanation for the development, which has in the last few hours generated heated debate among stakeholders and Nigerians.

In a separate statement, he said: "The suspension was strategic and had nothing to do with politics".

NTA recalls that the Minister unveiled the national carrier at Farnborough, one of the biggest Airshows in the world on the 18th of July 2018.

In the 2017 budget, the federal government, allocated the sum of N555 million for the establishment of the national carrier and N200 million for consultancy, while in the 2018 budget, N50 million was allocated for the establishment of the carrier and another N20 million was apportioned for consultancy. During electioneering in 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari promised to establish a national airline.

In August, 2015, the Nigerian government setup a 13-member committee to consult with global partners for the establishment of a national airline for Nigeria.

Speaking on the defunct Nigeria Airways, Sirika said "Nigeria Airways died due to so many reasons, including governance issues and also that of finance".

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