President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the aviation ministry to ensure that the planned national air carrier, Nigeria Air, commences operations before the end of 2022.
The president said this at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Ministerial Performance Review Retreat in Abuja.
He said, ‘’In line with the outcome of the panel session on Priority 4 (Improve Transportation and Other Infrastructure), the ministry of aviation is hereby directed to conclude and ensure the take-off of the National Carrier Project before the end of the year”.
Several years after the liquidation of Nigeria’s former national carrier, Nigeria Airways, the Buhari administration has insisted on commencing a new one.
The government has also said the new air carrier, unlike the previous one, will not be wholly owned by Nigerians and will not be managed by the government.
The government says Ethiopian Airlines is the core investor in the new carrier with 49 per cent shareholding. The government owns five per cent while the Nigerian firms MRS and SAHCO hold 46 per cent.
Nigeria Air was unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show in England on July 18, 2018.