FG lists condition for partnership on national carrier

The Federal Government has set out conditions under which it would go into a partnership with any interested party for the re-establishment of a national carrier.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, noted that interested parties must have plans for direct transfer of technology through training of Nigerians and also put in place plans for local manufacturing of basic maintenance equipment and spare parts.

A statement issued on Thursday by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Affairs in the ministry, James Odaudu, said the minister spoke in Abuja during a visit by representatives of Airbus.

He said the conditions were indicative of the seriousness attached to the project by the federal government, adding that it is the only way to ensure that the proposed national airline comes on stream on a sound footing.

Sirika stated that the whole process of the establishment and the choice of partners would be transparent.

He said the vision of the government was to establish a national carrier that would not only be internationally competitive and profitable, but also efficiently and professionally managed while also being affordable and customer-centred.