The Nigerian Government may just be making moves to generate a Nationally centralized carrier services. Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, has unveiled the name and logo of the new national carrier, Nigeria Air.
But the sad thing is that the Government would not be owning the entire scheme despite it bearing the countries identity.
Sirika reveiled that
this is an important day for Nigeria. The largest economy in Africa, largest population, GDP of around half a billion dollars, and the only true aviation player in West and Central Africa,”
“Nigeria has unfortunately not been a serious player in Aviation for a long time. We used to be a dominant player, through Nigeria Airways, but sadly not anymore.
He also added that:
“This will be a national carrier that is private sector led and driven. It is a business, not a social service. The government will not be involved in running it or deciding who runs it. The investors will have full responsibility for this.
However as he stated:
“The Nigerian government will not own more than 5% (maximum) of the new national carrier. The government will not be involved in running it or deciding who runs it.
This means that the new transit system is largely privatized, which still brings us to the start point of Private Individuals controlling the entire Air-transit system of operation.
“New terminals in Lagos and Abuja Airports will add 11 million passenger capacity in each of the two airports.
According to the minister, the airline will have flights on 81 domestic, regional and international routes.
Operations are scheduled to begin in December 2018, but are we not still on the same cycle of transportation.