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Government sets conditions for partnership on national carrier

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Hadi Sirika, Minister of State, Aviation

Hadi Sirika, Minister of State, Aviation

The Federal Government has outlined some conditions under which it would go into a partnership with any interested party in its desire to re-establish a national carrier.

According to the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, such interested parties must, amongst others, not only come to the negotiation table with plans for direct transfer of technology through training of Nigerians, but must also put in place plans for the local manufacture of basic maintenance equipment and spare parts.

The minister gave these conditions while receiving representatives of Airbus.

He said setting the conditions was the only way to ensure that the proposed national airline comes on stream on a sound footing, and also an indication of the seriousness the Federal Government attached to the project.

Sirika, who also assured that President Muhammadu Buhari was personally committed and determined to the project, said the process of its establishment, including the choice of partners would be transparent.

He said the vision of the government was to establish a national carrier that would not only be globally competitive and profitable, but also efficiently and professionally managed while also being affordable and customer-centered.

The minister welcomed Airbus’ interest in partnering with Nigeria on the project, but challenged the aircraft manufacturer to be prepared for competition with other interested organisations in view of similar interests having been expressed due to Nigeria’s growing aviation profile.

Leader of the team and Sales Director of Airbus S.A.S, Marino Modena, informed the minister that they were in the country to seek ways of assisting in the launch and development of the proposed national airline and also discuss the inherent advantages in considering the use of Airbus’ products.



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