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Nigeria Air on course, says Sirika
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Nigeria Air on course, says Sirika‎
November 9, 2018

Consults more stakeholders for the actualisation of the project

[Image: Hadi-Sirika-360x350.jpg]Hadi Sirika, Aviation minister
The Minister of state for Aviation, Hadi Sirika on Thursday sa‎id the proposed national carrier was on course as further consultation were being carried out by the ministry in order to get the input of all aviation stakeholders in ensuring that the country had a sustainable airline that will stand the test of time.

Speaking in Abuja at the stakeholders meeting, the Minister noted that “we coming back, we are coming back and coming back strongly.”

‎He noted that “‎the current efforts to establish the national carrier was initiated before the composition of the present Federal Executive Council (FEC). Mr President had directed the ministry of Aviation to commence the process of bring back the national carrier before I became the minister.”


“Following the approval of Mr President of the road map, necessary procurement were undertaken to appoint the Transaction Adviser for the project. Advertisements were carried out on the 13th of June 2016 in Thisday and Daily Trust newspapers to this effect “noting that due process was followed in the public private partnership (PPP) arrangement in establishing the national carrier.
Sirika denied the allegations that everything started and ended up in his office, “the Outline Business Case (OBC) report reviewed certificate of compliance issued by Infrastructure ‎Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) insisted on conditions of commitment to leverage on private sector capital and expertise towards establishment of a national carrier through the provision of an upfront grant/viability  gap funding.”
The Minister explained ‎that “an estimated funding for the establishment of the project is USD 300 million to 2020, an initial start-up capital of $55 million made up of $25 million for deposit for new aircraft and $30 million for working capital from June to December 2018 “.
“Estimated working capital for 2019 is $100 million, estimated capital for 2020 is $145 million to be provided by ‎strategic equity partners who are expected to manage the project.”

Sirika said many willing financiers like “IsDB, AFDB, AFREXIM, Us-EXIM,Standard Chartered Bank, Boeing Airbus, BOAD, China -Exim amongst others ‎”has already indicated interest in supporting the Nigeria Air project.
‎Explaining further why the project was suspended, he said “FEC had agreed that the project is desirable and potentially sustainable, but asked for the project to suspended at moment.” Adding that “the name Air Nigeria was obtained by engaging the general public through the social media campaign were over 40,000 person were engaged within one week on Facebook.”
On why the project logo was unveiled outside the country, Sirika stated that “Famborough Air show is a bi-annual Global Aviation event, which provided a perfect opportunity to unveil the national carrier. It created visibility and connect manufacturers, investors and financiers. It also gave opportunity to showcase all the Aviation Road map.”

He also denied that “no foreign company was paid $600,000 for the design of the logo of Air Nigeria, I am too young to spoil my name with financial misappropriation. Apart from commitments in respect of transaction advisory services, branding and participation in London, no other commitment has been made ” noting that about N40 million was spent for the same purposes.

He said Air Nigeria will “support the growth of the Aviation industry and domestic airlines through infrastructure expansion, traffic routes expansion and manpower development associated with national carrier and also to compete with foreign airlines for a share of the international routes through competitive pricing thereby reducing capital flight.”

“The ministry is implementing the project in an open and transparent manner in conjunction with relevant stakeholders,” he concluded.
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N61.2b Abuja airport terminal ready in five weeks- Sirika 
by Stella Enenche Abuja
November 9, 2018 | 4:14 am
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The minister of state for  Aviation, Hadi Sirika has said the new terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe  International Airport(NAIA) Abuja would be ready for use in five weeks.
The N61.billion terminal  construction work is being undertaken by Chinese Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC).
Speaking at the fifth Aviation ‎Stakeholders’ Forum in Abuja on Thursday, Sirika said NAIA  will be commissioned in the next five weeks, while Enugu and Kano are at advanced stages of completion.
He said the new terminal is being linked with the FCT rail corridor for almost efficiency and effectiveness. “The terminal is linked with the railway so that passengers can easily move in and out of the airport without such difficulties “.
While highlighting some of the achievements of the Aviation ministry in past three years  Sirika stated that “on assumption of duty in November 2015, an appraisal of the sector was done and we discovered challenges raging from poor infrastructure to poor workforce and poor funding and we developed an Aviation Road map to help solve this issues”
The Road map he said bothers on “concession of four major airports, establishment  of a national carrier, development of Agro-Allied/cargo terminals, establishment of maintenance, repairs and overhaul (MRO) centers, establishment of an Aviation leasing company ” amongst others to effectively reposition the industry.
“The ministry has recorded significant achievements in virtually all aspects of the sector in the past three years. Growing and sustaining the domestic aviation industry, re introduction of zero import duties on aircraft, engine and introduction of same for repairs “.
Sirika said the ministry has “provided enabling environment for domestic airlines in the country to attain certification in IATA operational Safety Audit, currently five Nigerian domestic airlines has been certified “.
“Nigeria also recorded 96.45% in ICAO universal security audit, in the area of state safety programme, Nigeria has attained level 3 out of 4 level thereby moving Nigeria from red to green on the ICAO dashboard “.
He  ‎stated that the present administration was committed to ensuring that practices in  the av‎iation sector in the country are carried out in conformity with international best practices. 
Stella Enenche Abuja 
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