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Keyamo hints at new national airline as EFCC investigates controversial Nigeria Air deal

Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, Minister for Aviation and Aerospace Development with Aviation Officials File Photo

*Festus Keyamo, SAN, Minister for Aviation and Aerospace Development, asserts no Nigerian airline will be designated as national airline, as the Federal Government ‘will established a proper national carrier’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As the Nigerian Government moves to improve the lot of the aviation industry, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, Honourable Minister for Aviation and Aerospace Development, has said the government “will established a proper national carrier.”

ConsumerConnect reports the Minister also stated this Wednesday, January 31, 2024, while featuring on a Channels TV programme monitored in Lagos, noted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is currently investigating the controversial Nigeria Air deal, which the Federal Government sealed during the tenure of Sen. Hadi Sirika, ex-Minister for Aviation.

Keyamo affirmed the development, as he disclosed the “EFCC is investigating that deal…. There is a criminal investigation going on. I have called for the report.”

Government will establish ‘a proper national carrier’

The Minister also asserted that no Nigerian airline would be designated as national airline.

He stated, “we will established a proper national carrier.”

It is recalled that shortly after he was sworn in as minister August 2023, Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), as well as scores of the Federal lawmakers and other Nigerians had pooh-poohed the deal by Sirika.

The Minister later suspended the whole arrangement hitherto put in place by Sirika, which reportedly was hurriedly unveiled merely days to the end of the administration of ex-President Muhammadu Buhari, to enable proper audit of contracts.

Pronto, the widespread controversy surrounding the establishment of Nigeria’s national carrier, Nigeria Air, also had forced veteran aviator, Girma Wake, to resign as Chairman of Ethiopian Airlines.

Even the Interim Managing Director of Nigeria Air, Capt. Dapo Olumide, while speaking before the Senate Committee on Aviation, in Abuja, FCT, had confirmed that the aircraft used to unveil the country’s national career late May 2023 was a legitimate chartered flight from Ethiopian Airlines.

Olumide effortlessly, acknowledged to the Federal lawmakers, that the aircraft was returned to Ethiopian Airlines after the unveiling on the last day of the Buhari administration May.lsst year.

Subsequently, both

the Senate and the House of Representatives Committees in the National Assembly (NASS) on Aviation have roundly condemned and labelled Sirika’s the launch of the so-called Nigeria Air as “a fraud”.

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