Ministry inaugurates committee on national carrier

The Permanent Secretary in the ministry of aviation, Binta Bello, has inaugurated the committee on the establishment of the country’s flag carrier.

Speaking at the inauguration in Abuja,  Bello charged members of the committees to pursue the assignment with all seriousness because of its national importance.

According to her,  the inauguration of the committee became imperative in view of the interest shown by the president which prompted his  marching orders to the ministry to immediately commence the process of establishing a national carrier.

The  committee, which has a former Managing Director of Discovery Airlines, Captain Muhammad Abdullahi, as Chairman, is charged with reviewing previous consultants’ submissions and recommendations on a national carrier.

She said: “The committee must expand it searchlight by  reviewing  the report on the failure of the defunct Nigeria Airways and other failed private airlines.

The committee which has four weeks to complete its assignment and submit its report also has the mandate to consult widely with stakeholders on the establishment of a national carrier, including interested international partners on setting up a national carrier on the basis of Public Private Partnership (PPP) strategy.

Bello also also charged the committee to invite the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to determine the debt profile of domestic airlines to serve as a guide in its recommendations, and to develop the optimum model for a national flag carrier for the country.

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