Nigeria plans to set up national airline, develop aviation capacity

Hadi Sirika, Nigeria’s Minister of State on Aviation

Nigeria has appointed advisers to help it set up a national airline and develop its aviation infrastructure — currently seen as a barrier to economic growth — to create a hub for West Africa, junior aviation minister Hadi Sirika said earlier this month.

Sirika said a group of six firms including German carrier Lufthansa would advise the government on setting up an airline, an aviation leasing company and a maintenance hanger, and on creating concessions to run the country’s airports.

A recent cabinet meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had approved 1.52 billion naira ($4.99 million) of funding for the project, he added.

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