Reps Urge Tinubu To Probe Nigeria Air Project

The House of Representatives has urged President Bola Tinubu to constitute a high-level Presidential committee to undertake a holistic review of the processes of the Nigeria Air project.

Rep. Nnolim Nnaji the Chairman of the committee on Aviation said this in Abuja after careful evaluation of the issues of Nigeria Air.

He said the committee was totally dissatisfied with the actions of the former Minister of Aviation, in going ahead to flag off the operations of Nigeria Air in spite of a standing court injunction against such.

He said this was also without any provision for sustaining the operations of the airline.

He said a careful review of the process indicated the exercise to be highly opaque, shrouded in secrecy, shoddy, and capable of ridiculing and tarnishing the image of Nigeria before the international community.

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” We want to put on record, that the Committee and indeed the National Assembly had no role in the purported launch of Nigeria Air or anything related thereof.

“While the committee and indeed the parliament is not opposed to Nigeria having a National Carrier, as a matter of fact having a National Carrier is highly desirable to us as a people and Nigeria, as a nation.”

He, however, said that such a process should be transparent and all-embracing, adding that the committee would not accept any attempt by any individual or group to hide under the project and siphon the commonwealths of the country.

The committee, therefore, directs the Federal Ministry of Aviation and its partners in the Nigeria Air project to immediately suspend flight operations and every other action with respect to Nigeria Air.

The committee also advised the Federal Ministry of Aviation with its agency, the NCAA to designate some Nigerian Indigenous Airlines as Flag Carriers, to take advantage of Bi-lateral Air Services Agreements. (BASA)

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The agreement was said to have been entered by Nigeria, pending when a viable National Carrier comes on board.

“In conclusion, looking at the total amount required to fully starts the airline which is put at 250,000,000 dollars.

“The Nigerian government and its citizenry can raise these funds without necessarily subjecting itself to the ridicule we have been exposed to by this recent episode,” he said.

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