National Carrier Close – Sirika

Hadi Sirika, Minister of State for Aviation, says Nigeria is close to having a national carrier.


The minister made the disclosure on the in an interview with journalists in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the sidelines of 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

He said Nigeria would take advantage of the Single Air Transport Market inaugurated by the AU on Monday.

Sirika however said the carrier would be fully private sector driven.

The Minister listed the African Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, the Chinese Exim Bank, other African nations as among those who will participate in the initiative.

Recall that Nigeria on Sunday joined 22 other African nations to sign the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).


The treaty which creates a free market environment for commercial airlines, relaxes aviation rules and regulations.

Sirika said, “We are very close to having a national carrier at the moment.

“We are at the stage of transaction services. We have affiliations which will be dealt with. I hope within this week, you will hear from me on where we are. It will be soon.

“We have been having alliances, discussions and co-operations regarding establishment of a national carrier in Nigeria.

“It is going to be a full private sector driven. And if that happens, the government will provide enabling environment and support. And once that is done, Nigeria is on its way to greatness. Most importantly, the prices of tickets and the efficiency of service will be much better.”


“Apart from entrepreneurs within Nigeria, institutions like African Development Bank has written to us that they are willing to support us and partner with us to drive this process. So also the Islamic Development Bank. So also the Exim Bank.

“Countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Morocco and Egypt have been coming around to try to participate and partner with us. And lately, Rwanda, Namibia and Niger Republic. So, we are getting there soon,” the minister added.


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