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Public Servants Traveling With Public Fund Must Fly By Nigerian Carriers

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FG Promise To Deliver On Nigeria Air

The Federal Government announced on Tuesday, its move to compel any public servant that is travelling by air with a ticket bought with public funds must travel on a Nigerian carrier.

Hadi Sirika, the Minister of State for Aviation, revealed that the government is making moves that the National Assembly pass a Fly Nigeria Act, so as to achieve this aim.

Sirika stated that it was a false statement that the Nigeria Air lacked a domain name, revealing that those who wanted to steal the airline’s domain name would not be paid by the Federal Government.

While responding to social media questions, the minister said, “As part of efforts to make airlines viable in Nigeria, the ministry is making moves to have the National Assembly pass a fly Nigeria Act.

“This Act will require that anybody travelling on a ticket bought with public funds must travel on a Nigerian carrier unless the route is not served by a Nigerian carrier. However, with your private funds, you can do as you like. Many countries, including America, have such Acts.

On Nigeria Air’s domain name, Sirika stated that “part of the falsehood being spread is the lack of a domain name” for the carrier.

He explained that as part of the airline’s public-private partnership project development phase, Nigeria Air Limited was currently incorporated with the Corporate Affairs Commission as a wholly government-owned company, with the Corporate Affairs Commission using nominal directors of the Federal Ministry of Aviation as directors of the national airline.

He said, “On conclusion of the PPP procurement process, when full equity structure pre-financial close is finalised, the incorporation will be updated and the certificate of incorporation made public. Nigeria Air Limited is indeed a legal entity.

“Further to the incorporation of the company with nominal directors, the domain name, www.flynigeriaair.ng, has been reserved and will be made active very soon as part of the project evolution and marketing process. Some people, whose only desire is to steal Nigeria’s commonwealth by hawking domain names, will not a get a kobo from the people of Nigeria. They can eat their domain names.

Sirika stated that a lot of false claims will not stop the government from delivering what its promise on the carrier, as it delivered on the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport runway in Abuja.

The minister stated, “The current campaign of falsehood, unfortunately reminds me of what happened when we decided for safety reasons to close the Abuja airport and make repairs that had been abandoned for years.

The same group of Nigerians went to the social media spreading falsehood. We stayed on course and delivered the runway, which has served now faultlessly. As we delivered on the Abuja runway repairs, so shall we on the national carrier and we will not bow to falsehood.

Sirika further noted that the national carrier was being procured as a PPP project.

Nigeria’s PPP process has three phases. One is an internal government bankability process, the business case phase; and the other two external. The process cycle is PPP development phase, outline business phase and PPP procurement – request for qualification and request for proposal to prequalify and select PPP partners; and PPP implementation.



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