Airline Operators Hail Aviation Minister Over Suspension Of Nigeria Air Project


Airline operators under the aegis of Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, has has hailed the recent suspension of the Nigeria Air Project, by the Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamu.

The group made this commendation in a statement issued by the group’s spokesman, Prof. Obiora Okonkwo, which was made available to journalist.

Part of the statement reads: “We, the entire membership of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), commend the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Olorogun Festus Keyamo SAN, for suspending every activity related to the operationalisation of Nigeria Air.”

“By the action, the minister has displayed rare courage and great patriotism to save Nigeria from further embarrassment in the aviation world.”

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’.

It remains a puzzle to Nigerians why the processes of actualizing such a major national project was shrouded in almost utter secrecy until the end of the last government. However, we remain confident that by suspending the Nigeria Air project to allow for a thorough review, the Aviation Minister Olorogun Keyamo SAN 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.



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