Nigeria Air plane to be delivered by Friday, says Sirika


Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, says an aircraft
belonging to Nigeria Air, the proposed national carrier, will arrive in the
country on Friday ahead of the commencement of operations.


In an interview with Channels TV on Wednesday, Sirika said
the aircraft will be unveiled in Nigeria’s colours (green and white), in
fulfilment of all the promises made by the administration in the aviation


He said the actualisation of the vision was due to the
unwavering resolve of the current administration.


“On Friday, in two days, the Nigeria Air airplane will land
in Nigeria, as part of the processes to commence operations,” he said.


 “We would, on that
day, unveil the aircraft with delivery and everything in Nigeria colours,
belonging to Nigeria Air and we will proceed to do the retrofit and bring back
those airplanes.


“So, we have achieved a lot of what’s in the roadmap. The
only item that is missing on (sic) my table is the aerotropolis. Even that, the
groundwork has been done. All the airports (the four of them) are free zones.
They are free zones to allow you to come in there and take advantage of what a
free zone is.


“And that of course will enhance and boost the aerotropolis,
which is the airport city. Abuja is sitting on 12,000 hectares of land,
courtesy of Mr. President and that is why you would see this huge


News of the arrival of the aircraft comes amid disagreements
by stakeholders over the ownership stake of the proposed national carrier.


Last year, a federal high court in Lagos prohibited the
federal government from selling the shares of Nigeria Air to Ethiopian Airlines
— a judgment that ultimately halted the commencement of operations.


But the minister, in recent months, had consistently
insisted that the national carrier would fly before the end of the current


Sirika, in March, April, and earlier this month, announced
that Nigeria Air will commence operations before May 29 and “nothing would stop


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