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A week after the Federal Government changed the name of the Federal Ministry of Aviation to Federal Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace, Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika, has made another bombshell announcement.

According to a report by Channels Television, the Minister has emphatically declared that plane for the new national carrier, Nigeria Air, will arrive the country this Friday, preparatory to the commencement of operations.

Channels Television, in the exclusive report, quoted Sirika as saying that a Nigeria Air aircraft will land in Nigeria in the next two days as part of processes to commence operations and unveiling of the delivery process.

The television station promised that the aircraft will be unveiled in Nigeria’s colours in fulfillment of all the promises made by the administration in the aviation sector.

He, however, noted that the only incomplete item is the aerotropolis, which is the airport city and is 60 percent complete.

The ground work has been completed, Sirika said, and are looking to conclude work on the airport city by the next administration.

Sirika had at an aviation stakeholder’s forum in Abuja in March said that Nigeria Air will commence full operations before the end of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Responding to a question on when exactly Nigeria Air will commence operations, the minister had said, “Before the end of this administration, before May 29th, we will fly.”


He added that the Buhari Administration is leaving the aviation sector better than it met it having achieved over 90% of the aviation sector road map.

The approval was given at Wednesday’s meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who briefed the media after the meeting, said change the name became necessary in order to position to align with contemporary developments in aviation and aerospace.

Source: The Crest

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