Aviation Group Backs FG’s Decision On New National Carrier


An aviation stakeholders group, Aviation Round Table (ART), on Sunday expressed its support to the Federal Government’s decision not to give priority to establishing a new national carrier for the country.

Its president, Mr Gbenga Olowo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the country was having more pressing needs that would require the attention of the Federal Government.

NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had told Nigerians resident in Equatorial Guinea recently that establishing a national carrier like the defunct Nigerian Airways Ltd (NAL), was not the priority of his administration.

It would be recalled that President Obasanjo led- administration supervised the liquidation and selling of of the NAL 2003 citing its inability to perform as the main reason.

Olowo lauded government’s decision to jettison the plan despite the fact that it had initially set up a committee to work out the modalities for establishing a national carrier.