Airline Operators Commend Keyamo Over Suspension Of Nigeria Air Project, Others

Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo (SAN)

The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has hailed the decision of the minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo SAN, to suspend every activity related to the operationalisation of Nigeria Air.

AON in a statement signed by its spokesperson and chairman of United Nigeria Airlines, Prof Obiora Okonkwo, said by the action, :he minister has displayed rare courage and great patriotism to save Nigeria from further embarrassment in the aviation world”.

AON aligned with the 8th House of Representatives Committee on Aviation which after its investigation into the process of establishing a national carrier, dubbed Nigeria Air a fraud.

“Aside from stakeholders in the aviation industry, it was evident to everyone who had followed developments around the Nigeria Air project under the immediate past administration that the idea was not only ill-thought-out but also lacked any modicum of transparency.

“It was therefore no surprise that the House of Representatives Committees on Aviation which investigated the process and purported launch of Nigeria Air on Friday, June 2, 2023 described it as a ‘fraud”, the statement read.

AON wondered why the processes of actualising such a major national project was shrouded in secrecy until the end of the Buhari Administration.

The group experessed confidence that by suspending the Nigeria Air project to allow for a thorough review, the Aviation minister will put things right and help restore Nigeria’s image in the global aviation family.

“AON continues to believe that it is not right to float a national carrier on the terms set out by the last Aviation Minister, which would undermine, even destroy, the aviation sector in Nigeria with Ethiopian Airlines waiting on the wings for total takeover.

“We have no doubt that the new Aviation Minister has the right vision for the development of the sector which is driven by public interest considerations for the good of Nigerians.

“Again, the AON commends the Minister for the great leadership he has shown so early in his tenure and pledge our unalloyed support in his quest to reform the aviation sector and implement other components of the aviation roadmap for the overall good of the Nigerian economy”, the statement further read.

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