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Nigeria Air project fully alive and on course, Sirika insists

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[FILE PHOTO] Nigeria’s Aviation minister Hadi Sirika. Adrian DENNIS / AFP


The Minister of State Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has denied the claim that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) was divided over the take-off of the National Air Carrier Project.

The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, had during the valedictory press briefing of the FEC, said members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet were divided on the issue of modality of the national carrier.

But Sirika in a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs in the Ministry, James Odaudu, said Amaechi was misquoted, as the FEC is one cohesive body that cannot be divided over any issue. 

Sirika affirmed that the Nigeria Air project has the full support of the Council, adding that President Buhari had directed that the Viability Gap Funding for the project should be provided for in the 2019 Appropriation Bill, which the National Assembly has graciously done.

The statement said the minister regret the media mix-up and assured the general public, and more importantly, the prospective partners and investors, that the Nigeria Air project is fully alive and on course.


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