The Nigerian Government has appointed German airline, Lufthansa, and five other firms to advise it on its planned national carrier. Hadi Siriki, the minister of aviation, confirmed the appointment to Reuters, explaining the advisers will help set up a national airline and develop its aviation infrastructure to create a hub for West Africa.
The decision was reached at Wednesday cabinet meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The project is estimated to cost 1.52 billion naira ($4.99 million).
Sirika said the government is awarding the N1.52 billion contract to “Messrs Lufthansa Consulting/TN Aero FGE, for the national carrier; for the aviation leasing company, it is Messrs Arrow; for the concession of airports, Messrs Infrata Dantens; for the establishment of the MRO, Messrs Arrow; then, the aerotropolis and agro cargo terminals were given to JEBB”.
“All of these were at different amounts but the total sum is N1.524bn. Council had graciously approved and these will signal the kick-start of all of the activities within the transportation and aviation industry”.
“The national airline will be one that the government will have no hand in; normally it can have three percent”.
“It will be private sector-led, private sector-driven. Except with the Ethiopian airline it has been proven that government doesn’t do well with this kind of venture.
“We are going to have a national carrier; it is on course and because it is a PPP thing it has to go through IC and C, and also has to follow all the due process. So it is time-consuming but I hope very soon before the end of the year we will have a very strong viable national airline.”