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Nigeria: National Carrier Coming Soon – Minister

Posted: Feb 8, 2016 at 10:58 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Federal Government has said that it will soon commence the process of establishing a national carrier for the country.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, gave the assurance in Abuja while inaugurating the Ministerial Committee on Assessment of Security Situation in Nigeria’s Airports.

He said the government will soon start implementation of recommendations on the establishment of a national carrier.

He said the president is committed to the national carrier project, “which is why a committee on national carrier was set up even before the appointment of ministers”.

He noted that the committee submitted its report which has also been forwarded to the ministry for further action.

“I want to tell you that we are on it and I want to add that the committee’s report will not be swept under the carpet. It will be implemented and anywhere we do not agree, we will indicate so,” he said.

He added: “We will be modest and courteous enough to inform members of the committee and the public about it”.

The minister assured that payment for the use of trolleys at the nation’s airports would stop as soon as the current contractual agreement on the handling of trolley is over.

He said the arrangement could not be stopped immediately as it could lead to litigations, adding that the contract would not be reviewed as soon as it ends.

According to him, there were petitions by some users who claimed that trolleys were covered by certain taxes and charges paid by passengers.

“We have had discussions with FAAN on this and we have decided that as soon as this contract ends, we will return to the old system,’’ he said.