By Femi Ogunshola
The House of Representative has urged President Bola Tinubu to constitute a high level Presidential committee to undertake a holistic review of the processes of the Nigeria Air project.
Rep. Nnolim Nnaji the Chairman of the committee on Aviation said this in Abuja after careful evaluation of the issues of the Nigeria Air.
He said the committee was totally dissatisfied with the actions of the former Minister of Aviation, in going ahead to flag off the operations of Nigeria Air in spite a standing court injunction against such.
He said this was also without any provision for sustaining the operations of the airline.
He said a careful review of the process indicated the exercise to be highly opaque, shrouded in secrecy, shoddy and capable of ridiculing and tarnishing the image of Nigeria before the international community.
” We want to put on record, that the Committee and indeed the National Assembly had no role in the purported launch of Nigeria Air or anything related thereof.
“While the committee and indeed the parliament is not opposed to Nigeria having a National Carrier, as a matter of fact having a National Carrier is highly desirable to us as a people and Nigeria, as a nation.”
He however said that such a process should be transparent and all embracing, adding that the committee would not accept any attempt by any individual or group to hide under the project and siphon the commonwealths of the country.
The committee therefore direct the Federal Ministry of Aviation and its partners in the Nigeria Air project to immediately suspend flights operations and every other actions with respect to the Nigeria Air.
The committee also advice that the Federal Ministry of Aviation with its agency, the NCAA to designates some Nigerian Indigenous Airlines as Flng Carriers,to take advantage of Bi-lateral Air Services Agreements.(BASA)
The agreement was said to have been entered by Nigeria, pending when a viable National Carrier comes on board.
“In conclusion, looking at the total amount required to fully starts the airline which is put at 250,000,000 dollars.
“The Nigerian government and its citizenry can raise these funds without necessarily subjecting itself to the ridicule we have been exposed to by this recent episode,” he said. (NAN)