- The Federal Government has inaugurated a 13-member committee to consult with international partners for the establishment of a national airline for Nigeria.
- The country’s national carrier, Nigeria Airways, was liquidated in May 2003 by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
- Previous administrations had made several attempts to resuscitate the airline, but were unsuccessful.
- The new committee was inaugurated in Abuja on Monday at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Aviation in Abuja, where the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Binta Bello, expressed the hope that there would be a positive outcome this time.
- She said that the committee had four weeks to complete its assignment.
- President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier this month directed the permanent secretary to commence an action on the establishment of a befitting national carrier for Nigeria.
- Members of the committee consist of past managing directors of domestic airlines, senior officials of international carriers operating in Nigeria, aviation union leaders and heads of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, and the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology.
- Bello named a former Managing Director, Discovery Airlines, Capt. Mohammed Abdulsalam, as the chairman of the committee.
She said, “Let me state here that your nomination to this all-important committee is based on your proven track record, vast knowledge and experiences in your profession. You will agree with me that the justification for this project is beyond economic considerations. Other considerations include strategic national interest, national pride and job creation.