Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has revealed that airlines are owing the federal government a various categories of debts totalling of N37bn.
He revealed this at this week’s ministerial press briefing organised by the Presidential Communication Team at the presidential villa, Abuja.
Sirika explained that Arik owes between N13 billion and N14 billion.
The minister added that construction firm, Bi-Courtney, owes the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria about N14 billion.
He said the aviation service provider had not repaid any part of that amount in its last 13 years of operations.
He explained that this contravenes the existing agreement between it and the government.
Sirika stated that the debt is spread across government agencies including the FAAN, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, among others.