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Proposed National Carrier will be private sector driven – Minister

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The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, says the proposed National Carrier will be private sector driven.

Sirika, who made this known on the sideline of the ongoing International Civil Aviation Organisation World Aviation Forum on Wednesday in Abuja, said that would avoid the mistakes that led to the failure of the defunct Nigerian Airways.

The theme of the forum is “Financing the Development of Aviation Infrastructure.”

He said that stakeholders had agreed on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement for the new National Carrier.

The Minister explained that the Federal Government was following Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) guidelines to ensure that due processes in the arrangement.

According to him, government has appointed the Transaction Advisers to work out modalities for the carrier.

He said that government intended to go into alliances or joint ventures with other aircraft manufacturers to increase the reach and number of routes of the National Carrier.

Sirika added that the planned improvement of airport and air navigation infrastructure would support the expected growth from activities of the new Carrier.

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