FG gets report on new National Carrier

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Several years after the Nigeria airways went into extinction, Federal government’s efforts to set up a new national carrier to replace the liquidated airline got a new direction with the submission of a report to set the course.
The need for a new national carrier arose when Nigeria Airways went into extinction with its liquidation in 2003 by the former president Olusegun Obasanjo administration
Nigeria Airways established in 1958 following the dissolution of West African Airways Corporation cease to operate in 2003 due to huge debt overhang of $76.9 million due to excessive corruption and mismanagement, poor safety record and a poor operational fleet of one aircraft for domestic routes and two leased for international operations.
 The finally lid on its operation came with the Justice Nwazota panel of inquiry into the failure of the national carrier and the government’s white paper on it.
Government new efforts at forming another started with a Committee on Establishment of a National Carrier which was inaugurated on 24 August, 2015.
The committee set up by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Hajiya Binta Bello, has term of reference including previewing previous Consultants’ submissions and recommendations on a National Carrier and invitation of submissions from the Asset Management Corporation Of Nigeria(AMCON) on the debt profile of the domestic airlines
Others are to consult widely with stakeholders on establishment of a National Carrier, review the report of the failure of Nigeria Airways and other Private Airlines as well consult with interested International Partners on setting up a National Carrier on Public Private Partnership (PPP)basis.
 
The committee was also asked to develop the best (optimum) model for a National Carrier for Nigeria; and also consider any other matter incidental to any of the above terms
Binta Bello said a new National Carrier is a priority of the government and assured the
that the recommendations will be critically looked into by the ministry who will make its recommendations to the President for his considerations and approval for implementation.
The Chairman of the Committee, Mohammed Abdulsalam  said the report was the outcome of consultation with a total of 74 stakeholders involving airline operators, aviation agencies, service provider, financial consultants, institutional investors, aircraft and parts suppliers, former staff of Nigeria Airways ltd, maintenance Repair Organisation developers, aerodrome designers/builders , Aviation staff unions among others.
 
The Chairman noted that the report will impact positively on the aviation industry in Nigeria and translate into better service delivery and safer operations. 
 
The report, besides consultation strategy, also employed the system thinking Paradigm as a pictorial analysis tool for understanding the inherent dynamics and complexities for establishing a National Carriers.

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