Nigeria To Sign More Bilateral Air Services Agreement In 2021

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The Federal Government of Nigeria said it will sign more Bilateral/Multilateral Air Services Agreement in the year 2021 for the benefit of air travellers and the nation at large.

 

Sen. Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation, said this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation for the 2021 Budget defence.

 

Sen. Sirika states that the Federal Government in the year 2020 had signed the instrument of ratification of BASA with USA, India, Morocco and Rwanda.

 

“More Bilateral/Multilateral Air Services Agreement would be signed in 2021 for the benefit of our nation,” Sen. Sirika noted.

 

The Minister reveals that the Ministry of Aviation has proposed N 78 Billion for capital expenditure and the emphasis will be focused on the implementation of the Aviation Roadmap as approved by the President.

 

Sen. Hadi Sirika added that the aviation Road Map which would be implemented through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) includes the  establishment of National carrier; establishment of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility; Development of Agro Cargo Infrastructure; Establishment of Aviation Leasing Company; Search and Rescue, and Establishment of Aerospace University with support of International Civil aviation Organization (ICAO).

 

The Minister expresses appreciation for the cooperation which the Ministry has continued to enjoy from members of the National Assembly in the provision of funds for its projects and programmes.

 

Hon. Nnolim Nnaji, Chairman House Committee on Aviation, says the committee expects maximum cooperation from the Minister and Chief Executives of the agencies under the Ministry’s supervision in providing all the relevant documents that would help facilitate the scrutiny of the budget process.

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