Posted by Louis Ibah | 23 May 2018 | 1,715 times
Strong indications emerged over the weekend that Nigeria’s proposed national carrier could come on stream by December 2018. Daily Sun learnt that a National Carrier Brainstorming Meeting chaired by the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, held in Abuja recently had fixed December 24, 2018, for the inaugural flight of the airline with all parties involved in the project urged to work assiduously to beat the deadline.
The national carrier brainstorming meeting, it was learnt, was held to among other things fine-tune modalities to guide the final investment decision of equity holders in the airline, agree on the firm that would serve as aircraft maintenance partners, determine number of aircraft and personnel required for take off, and the name of the proposed airline.
But a source at the meeting told aviation correspondents in Lagos yesterday that participants at the session felt it was important to set a deadline for the takeoff of the carrier if the cycle of procrastination was to be terminated and the project realised.
“At the end of the meeting, the Aviation Minister inaugurated a nine-man committee, (Fast Track Task Force), to ensure the sanctity of the take-off date of December 28 and other agreements reached with the transaction advisers,” said a source at the meeting.
The Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Captain Fola Akinkuotu, was appointed as Chairman of the committee to realise the target deadline.
Other members include Capt. Muhtar Usman, Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA); Capt. Abdulsalami Mohammed, Rector, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology; Mr. Akin Olateru, Commissioner for Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB); Capt. Tilmann Gabriel (a representative of National Carrier Transaction Adviser); Layi Are (a representative of Transaction Adviser for MRO and Aviation Leasing Company); Mr. Chidi Izuwah, the Acting Director General of Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC); while Mr. Ben Tukur, Technical Assistant to the Minister of State for Aviation, will serve as the Secretary of the committee.
“The Minister, after the inauguration of the committee gave a charge that they should do everything legally and procedurally possible to successfully realise the project by December 24, 2018,” said the source who wouldn’t want to be named. (Daily Sun)
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