20 September 2018
Following report of the federal government’s suspension of its national carrier, Nigeria Air, it was gathered that the Economic Management Team did not give the go-ahead. Leadership reports that the EMT which is chaired by vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, was against the project. The source said the team recommended that the government should not use public fund to run a national carrier.
He said: “EMT wants the the ministry of transportation to, instead accelerate the search for a strategic investment partner who will finance and manage the new airline. “In the absence of a borrowing plan for government participation, the president ruled against spending money that is not in the budget. Promoters of the idea of the new national carrier were therefore asked to work towards 2019 budget if any government investment is to be involved.” Recall that Nigeria’s minister of state for aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Wednesday, July 17, unveiled the name and logo of the nation’s new national carrier, Nigeria Air.
In reaction, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday, July 20, accused the federal government of unveiling a non-existent national carrier in a desperate effort to deceive Nigerians now that election is around the corner. It was gathered that the national publicity secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it was not funny that the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari was merely unveiling logos and drawings of an airplane and imaginary routes, without a proper project. He said: “Is it not comical that while other nations are unveiling and rolling out real planes, the Buhari administration, in a most hilarious manner, is ‘unveiling’ drawings of an airplane, name, logo and imaginary routes of a nonexistent fleet, as our national carrier, in faraway London?
“What President Buhari and his handlers fail to understand is that Nigerians can see through their fraud and lies. “Apart from drawings of airplanes, there are no structures to indicate that a new airline, billed to commence operation in December this year, is being set up; there are no offices, no recruitment of personnel and no form of ground activity anywhere in the country.”