Members of the House of Representatives have called on President Bola Tinubu to halt the implementation of the Nigeria Air project and establish a high-level presidential committee to conduct a comprehensive review of the entire process.
The committee expressed dissatisfaction with the former aviation minister, Hadi Sirika, for proceeding with the launch of Nigeria Air despite a court injunction and needing a sustainable plan for its operations.
The committee chairman, Nnolim Nnaji, emphasized that while they support the idea of a national carrier for Nigeria, the process must be transparent and inclusive. He denounced the opaque and secretive nature of the project, highlighting its potential to bring disgrace and tarnish Nigeria’s international reputation.
Nnaji made it clear that neither the committee nor the National Assembly had any involvement in the purported launch of Nigeria Air.
To address the immediate concerns, the committee directed the Ministry of Aviation and its partners involved in the Nigeria Air project to suspend all flight operations and other activities related to the national carrier.
Additionally, they recommended that the aviation ministry, in collaboration with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), designate certain local airlines as carriers to take advantage of Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASA) already in place.
In conclusion, Nnaji stated that the Nigerian government and its citizens could raise the required funding of $250,000,000 without subjecting themselves to the ridicule and embarrassment brought about by the recent events surrounding the Nigeria Air project.