The Federal Government of Nigeria says it has approved April 2022 as the commencement date for the operations of the country’s national carrier, Nigeria Air.
Sen. Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation, made the announcement after a Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting which took place in Abuja recently. Sen.Sirika revealed that 49 per cent of the Nigeria Air project will be owned by strategic equity partners and 46 per cent by Nigerians while the Federal Government will own five percent of the shares, adding that the operations of Nigeria Air would generate over 70,000 jobs.
The Minister of Aviation also revealed that the FEC approved N1.49 billion for the provision of Automated Civil Aviation Regulatory Equipment to be located at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
“Today in Council, Ministry of Aviation presented two memoranda. The first one is approval for the award of contract for the provision of Automated Civil Aviation Regulatory Equipment, including the software support and training, which will be located at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja,” Sen. Sirika adds.
“In summary, this is the software that will allow all of the activities of civil aviation regulations to be done electronically on one platform, including payments, follow-ups on personnel licenses, medicals, economic regulation of airlines, safety regulations of airlines and all other businesses within the envelop of civil aviation, will be monitored by this single software. So, that has been approved,” Sen. Sirika states.