The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, says efforts to launch a national carrier are still ongoing as operations may start in the first quarter of 2022.
Sirika fielded questions from State House Correspondents after a virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the Presidential Villa.
He said that efforts to set up a national carrier in 2021 were derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
They went to council to approve the outline business case for the carrier; then, the council raised some questions and asked us to go and look at the memo again and bring it back.
He said that though the pandemic negatively affected civil aviation, in terms of establishment of the national carrier, it made it a much better time to establish the carrier than before.
Sirika said that for obvious reasons, Nigeria would have fast access to equipment, deliveries of the aircraft would be faster and the rates might be cheaper.
He said that updates would be provided on the progress of the project after the next presentation to FEC.
The minister said that FEC approved a contract for the procurement, equipping and installation of accident investigation towable mobile offices for civil aviation in the sum of N201 million.