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The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has decried the nation’s air transport industry, describing it as horrible.
The minister expressed his disenchantment while fielding questions from newsmen on the sidelines of the ICAO-AFI Regional Workshop on Improvement of A fundamental Safety Oversight System in the Area of Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation with RASG-AFI States in Abuja.
He reiterated that the Federal Government was floating a new national carrier, Nigerian Air, because the industry, currently driven by the private sector, had been unable to provide excellent air transport services for Nigerians.
The minister noted that the ongoing efforts in the last 40 years for the liberalisation of the sub-sector notwithstanding, the private sector had failed to deliver the goods for the utmost satisfaction of Nigerians.
Sirika noted that the need for efficient air services has become more imperative with the nation’s high population of 180 million.