The Federal government yesterday said the proposed establishment of a national carrier was to enhance competition in the nation’s aviation sector.
He explained that the new national carrier to be established would be private-sector driven, explaining further that the coming of the airline was not intended to kill the smaller carriers in the country.
“Imagine British Airways coming to Nigeria 21 times in a week, three times in a day, so also Emirate and others that are coming twice daily,” Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, said in Abuja while receiving the leaders of Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN, led by its President, Mr Benjamin Okewu.
“Nigeria has no response and then what happens? The prices of tickets go up, Nigerians would not have jobs because there are pilots and engineers but cannot use their licenses. “It kills the morale of anybody because he cannot use his skill and his knowledge is wasted but what we have tried to do is to inject competition within the system by having a national carrier.
“Nigeria will continue to pay higher because for now, we don’t have any option but if we create option, certainly prices will come down and there will be more jobs for Nigerian people,” Sirika said.
He assured of his readiness to use his wealth of experience in the sector to ensure the establishment of a befitting national carrier that would serve the Nigerian people efficiently.