Sirika to address stakeholders over suspension of Nigeria Air

Hadi Sirika

Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi SIrika.

The Federal Government on Monday said it will engage aviation stakeholders and general public to address some issues on the recent suspension of the national carrier project.

The Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, disclosed this in a statement by Deputy Director, Press and Public Affairs, Ministry of Transportation, James Odaudu, in Abuja.

According to Sirika, the ministry (Aviation) has noted the plethora of opinions, comments and observations by stakeholders and Nigerians following the suspension of the project.

The minister said it had become necessary to address some of the issues, misinformation, allegations and opinions trending in the media to keep the public well informed on the status of the proposed national carrier prior to the suspension.

The statement read, “It is in the light of this that the minister has decided to invite aviation stakeholders and members of the public to a Stakeholders Forum to hold in Abuja on October 23.

“The interactive forum will, as usual, enable the ministry, stakeholders and interested members of the public to adequately address all issues associated with the national carrier project.

“This will involve airline operators, regulators in the aviation sector, prospective investors, the media practitioners, and labour unions.

“Also, aviation service providers, officials from the ministry of transportation and its agencies, as well as interested members of the public.”

Sirika added that other issues in the aviation roadmap of the Federal Government such as the establishment of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility; Aviation Leasing Company among others, would be discussed at the forum.

The minister had on September 19, announced the suspension of the processes leading to the establishment of a national carrier by the Federal Executive Council.