The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika is optimistic that Nigeria can start the local manufacture of aircraft before 2023 and has so declared.
The Minister observed that the country can go into partnership with manufacturers and start assembling before growing into manufacturing aircraft.
Sirika made the submission during a visit to the Magnus Aircraft Industry in Pogany, Hungary.
“If we venture with them, we may start with assembling plants and later manufacturing,” Sirika said.
He noted that Nigeria can sell such aircratf to neigbouring and other African countries and engage in repairs as well.
On why Magnus aircraft is the preferred choice, the Minister observed that the manufacturer’s aircraft uses normal car petrol and outperforms any training aircraft of its kind.
Naija News understands the Minister said further that government however has to carry out further feasibility studies including market surveys, funding and logistics requriremants before concluding on the partnership.
Meanwhile, in a related development, it will be recalled that the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has revealed that Nigeria’s new national carrier will start operations from the first quarter of 2022.
Sirika made the disclosure in May 2021 while addressing state house correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
He revealed that the airline will be run in partnership with the private sector and Nigerians are set to enjoy cheaper air rates.
Explaining the delay in the take-off of the airline’s operation, the Minister revealed that the planned take-off was affected by the global covid-19 pandemic.
Sirika however disclosed that his Ministry will return to the FEC to submit a memo with an outline business case for the council’s approval.