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Concerns over lack of investors for new national carrier

Concerns over lack of investors for new national carrier
It has been 19 years since Nigeria Airways was liquidated. The regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has commenced moves to establish a new national carrier amid concerns raised by major stakeholders, Funmilayo Fabunmi reports

), has commenced moves to establish a new national carrier amid concerns raised by major stakeholders, Funmilayo Fabunmi reports Nigerians have had to wait endlessly for the establishment of a new national carrier and stakeholders are raising questions about how long it will take the Federal Government to deliver the project which has suffered several years of delay for various reasons.The national carrier, which means a country’s national airline, locally registered under a given statute and enjoys preferential rights or privileges accorded by the government for international operations.While the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, is working to ensure that a new national carrier is reborn before the end of the year, stakeholders and industry experts familiar with the project have said it may not see the light of day, at least not under the Buhari-led administration.Some experts and stakeholders have questioned the timing and need for a national carrier, tagging it as unnecessary.

Others have expressed hope in the ability of the current administration to flag off the national carrier even though campaign and elections are just around the corner.While congratulating the interim management of the national carrier headed by Captain Dapo Olumide on getting its Air Transport Licence from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, aviation expert, and the Chief Executive Officer, Finum Aviation, Sheri Kiari said, “After getting an ATL, you can now commence the five phases of AOC.

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