The federal government, on Wednesday, moved closer to actualizing its plans of having a national airline and a maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in the country.
According to a statement from the ministry of aviation on Wednesday morning, more details would be unveiled on Thursday by the Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, at the 4th Aviation Stakeholders Forum, in Abuja.
A statement signed by James Odaudu, the Deputy Director, Press and Public Affairs of the Ministry, said:
“The Federal Government, in pursuance of its resolve to carry along all critical players in the aviation industry in the formulation and execution of its programmes, will this week unveil Transaction Advisers recently appointed for some major projects in the sector.
“Towards this end, an Aviation Stakeholders Forum has been scheduled for Thursday March 29th 2018 in Abuja to be presided over by the Minister of State for Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika.
“The Forum which will be the 4th in the series since Senator Hadi Sirika became the Aviation Minister, will also be an opportunity for him to update stakeholders on other developments within the sector while receiving inputs from them on the way forward.”
Other major projects in the sector for which the Transaction Advisers will be unveiled are; concession of the four International Airports (Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano) Agro-allied and cargo terminals, development of Aerotropolis (Airport Cities) and establishment of an aviation leasing company.
Naija News learnt that Nigerian carriers spend an estimated N400 billion on overseas maintenance annually.