Nigeria Air Set to Commence Operations Before May 29, Aviation Minister Confirms
Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has announced that Nigeria Air, the national carrier, will commence operations before the current administration concludes its term. Sirika made this announcement during a briefing with State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, which was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.Sirika expressed confidence in the progress made towards the establishment of Nigeria Air and assured that the airline would take flight before May 29. He emphasized the significance of recent developments in the aviation industry, particularly the approval of the Aviation Leasing Company by the FEC.The establishment of the Aviation Leasing Company is a vital component of the roadmap for the sector, enabling operators to access aviation equipment at affordable rates within Nigeria. The minister highlighted the council’s approval of a contract worth N3.5 billion for the procurement and installation of taxiway lights and photometric patterns at airports in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and other locations across the country.In a separate announcement, Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, revealed that the FEC had granted approval for the establishment of 37 new private universities nationwide. This brings the total number of universities established during the present administration to an impressive 72—14 by the Federal Government, 21 by state governments, and now 37 private universities. Adamu emphasized that this makes the current administration the most university-friendly in the country’s history.The approval of these private universities underscores the government’s commitment to expanding access to quality education and accommodating the increasing demand for higher education in Nigeria.