…By Joseph Benjamin for TDPel Media.
The Presidency has expressed confidence that Nigeria Air, once officially inaugurated, will bring significant transformation despite facing numerous obstacles.
Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, recently announced the arrival of the plane for Nigeria Air, with operations set to commence soon.
In a television interview, Presidential Spokesman Garba Shehu highlighted the project’s potential as a game changer, particularly in the realm of international travel.
Shehu also discussed the challenges faced by the Nigeria Air project, including a court case initiated by domestic Nigerian airline operators, which has now been resolved.
Frustrations and Legal Battles:
Shehu shed light on the extensive timeline and hurdles encountered during the development of the Nigeria Air project.
He revealed that over the course of President Muhammadu Buhari’s eight-year tenure, the project had undergone multiple revisions and approvals at the Federal Executive Council.
However, just as the airline was poised to take off, domestic Nigerian airline operators sought legal action, obtaining an injunction that prohibited Nigeria Air from operating.
This legal battle resulted in significant delays, with the injunction only recently lifted.
Praise for Minister of Aviation and Benefits for Nigerians:
Shehu commended Minister Hadi Sirika for his unwavering commitment to making the airline a reality, despite facing unwarranted criticism.
He acknowledged the minister’s determination to establish a new airline and emphasized the positive impact it would have on Nigerians.
The spokesperson expressed relief that the project was finally cleared for resumption and stressed that Nigeria Air had the potential to be a game changer, especially in terms of international travel.
Collaboration with Ethiopian Airways and Business Management:
Shehu highlighted the collaboration with Ethiopian Airways and emphasized that it was in the country’s best interest.
He also voiced a belief that the Nigerian government’s history of mismanaging businesses necessitated a different approach.
Acknowledging the failures of past attempts to use public funds to run businesses, Shehu asserted that the realization that Nigeria Air would operate as a business, with the government serving as a minority shareholder, was crucial.
This shift, he argued, would increase the likelihood of success for the airline.
Despite facing significant challenges and delays, Nigeria Air is expected to become a game changer in the aviation industry.
The resolved legal battle and the commitment of Minister Hadi Sirika have paved the way for the inauguration of the airline.
The collaboration with Ethiopian Airways and the shift towards a business-focused approach indicate a new direction for the Nigerian government’s involvement in commercial ventures.
With Nigeria Air poised to take flight, the country anticipates reaping the benefits of enhanced international travel opportunities and improved aviation services.