The Federal Government has announced the commencement of moves aimed at compelling any public servant travelling on a ticket bought with public funds to travel on a Nigerian carrier.
This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who said the government is making moves to have the National Assembly pass a ‘Fly Nigeria Act’ in order to achieve this target.
Sirika also dismissed claims that Nigeria Air lacked a domain name, adding that those who wanted to steal the airline’s domain name would not get a kobo from the Federal Government.
“As part of efforts to make airlines viable in Nigeria, the ministry is making moves to have the National Assembly pass a fly Nigeria Act,” Sirika said in response to social media questions Tuesday.
“This Act will require that anybody travelling on a ticket bought with public funds must travel on a Nigerian carrier unless the route is not served by a Nigerian carrier. However, with your private funds, you can do as you like. Many countries, including America, have such Acts.
“Nigeria Air Limited is indeed a legal entity,” he said, adding that, “Further to the incorporation of the company with nominal directors, the domain name, www.flynigeriaair.ng, has been reserved and will be made active very soon as part of the project evolution and marketing process. Some people, whose only desire is to steal Nigeria’s commonwealth by hawking domain names, will not a get a kobo from the people of Nigeria. They can eat their domain names.”
Sirika said a lot of false claims were being peddled on various social media platforms about Nigeria Air and vowed that the government would deliver on the carrier as it delivered on the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport runway in Abuja.
He also noted that the national carrier was being procured as a PPP project.
“Nigeria’s PPP process has three phases. One is an internal government bankability process, the business case phase; and the other two external. The process cycle is PPP development phase, outline business phase and PPP procurement – request for qualification and request for proposal to prequalify and select PPP partners; and PPP implementation.”