Nigerian Government unveiled a $300 million National Carrier and this is what Nigerians think of it

On Wednesday, July 19, the Nigerian Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika unveiled the name of Nigeria’s national carrier – Nigeria Air as well as its logo at the Farnborough International Airshow in London. While we’re still trying to get more concrete information surrounding the new development, the half baked launch seems more of a targeted social campaign rather than a proper project blueprint.

This will be a National Carrier that is Private sector-led and driven. It is a business, not a social service. Government will not be involved in running it or deciding who runs it. The investors will have full responsibility for this – the minister pointed out

Hadi added that the government is currently in talks with Aircraft providers like Airbus and Boeing, stating that all parties involved in the current exchange are still negotiating. He said the Nigerian Government will not own more than 5% (max) of the new National Carrier, which means it will not interfere in the company’s administrative activities. Sounds like the most Nigerian thing to say but fair enough.

Meanwhile, a former Minister of Education and one of the conveners of the #BringBackOurGirls movement, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili has come under attack on social media by Nigerians after she described the $300 million National Air carrier project embarked upon by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Government as a waste, stating that the Airline must fail for the sake of poor Nigerians.
Many Nigerians reacted to her comments on Twitter, describing her statement as ‘unpatriotic’ and ‘biased’ owing to her hatred for the president.



Richard Ogundiya

Journalist & Techpreneur. Africa, communications and data.

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