Thursday, August 6, 2015

Buhari orders quick action on new national carrier Orders take over of Nigeria’s airspace from Ghana

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday
ordered the Ministry of Aviation to expedite
action on the establishment of a new national
airline for the country.
The president gave the directive while
receiving briefing from officials of the Aviation
Ministry, led by the Permanent Secretary, Binta
Bello, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking with State House correspondents
after the briefing, Bello said the president was
worried about Nigeria not having a national air
carrier and has given instruction for a new one
to be established.
She also said the president was briefed on the
challenges domestic airlines were facing in
spite of Federal Government’s N300 billion
intervention fund towards boosting their
The airlines, she said, were hugely indebted to
regulatory agencies under the Aviation
Ministry, including other factors that have left
some of the airlines still struggling to maintain
optimum operational capabilities.
According to her, the four state-of-the-art
terminals being constructed with Chinese Bank
loan will be ready by the first quarter of next
She said the facilities under construction and
expansion would be big and modern enough to
accommodate large aircraft like the Airbus 380
aeroplanes as obtained in the largest
international airports.
“The president has directed the Ministry to
look into the possibility of having a national
carrier as soon as possible,” she said
According to her, President Buhari has also
ordered the take over of the nation’s airspace,
over the Gulf of Guinea, from Ghana.
She said: “We have a directive by the
president to start the process of securing
management of Nigerian airspace over the Gulf
of Guinea which Ghana has been maintaining
since 1945 and there is a move on the ground
by Togo and Republic of Benin to take over
the management of their own airspace from
She reassured Nigerians and the international
community that the nation’s airspace is safe
and has just recorded a score of over 90 per
cent by the International Civil Aviation
Organisation (ICAO).

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