The Nigerian Presidency has vowed that Nigeria Air would bring relief to Nigerians.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant, Media, and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari stated this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday.
He applauded the Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika for his doggedness in ensuring the airline becomes a reality, noting that many Nigerians will benefit from the project.
Garba said, “It would be to the relief of Nigerians, certainly, it is something that is going to be a game-changer, especially for international travel.”
“The minister has been bashed unfairly all over the place. He has been doing this, all of the commitment to put this airline in place but simply obstacles have been put on his part every inch of the way, until just a week or two ago when the thing was cleared for its resumption,” he said.
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“I don’t blame him. He wants to make history, the minister wants to push for a new airline. So, it is honourable that he wants to kickstart it Friday, which is 24 hours from now. It would be to the relief of Nigerians, certainly, it is something that is going to be a game-changer, especially for international travel.”
Garba admitted that the project had been impeded by several challenges.
“The Nigerian process has been up for a very long time. In all eight years of President Muhammadu Buhari, there is no policy memo on anything that has done the zigzag that Nigerian Air has done,” the presidential aide said.
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“At least seven times, it came before the Federal Executive Council before finally it was let go.
“Just when everything was set and for the airline to start, domestic Nigerian airline operators went to court and they got an injunction that says that Nigeria Air must not fly. This held up everything until barely a week or two ago.
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