Several weeks after its unveiling and without it being operational, the Nigerian government has suspended its national carrier due to take off in December.
“I regret to announce that the Federal Executive Council has taken the tough decision to suspend the National Carrier Project in the interim. All commitments due will be honoured,” Aviation minister Hadi Sirika said on Wednesday.
“We thank the public for the support as always.”
The national carrier which was unveiled on July 18, 2018, at the Farnborough Air Show in London, was aimed at bringing “Nigeria closer to the world.”
During its unveiling, Sirika said it was going to run as a business and not a social service.
“Government will not be involved in running it or deciding who runs it. The investors will have full responsibility for this.”