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    Sirika: Flight ban won’t affect cargo, humanitarian aircraft

Sirika: Flight ban won’t affect cargo, humanitarian aircraft

Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, says Nigeria’s international airports are still open to aircraft in distress, those used for cargo and humanitarian purposes.  As part of the efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, the federal government had on Saturday barred international flights from Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. But in a series of tweets on Monday, [...]

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    Sirika to local airlines: Take advantage of our bad roads… develop routes

Sirika to local airlines: Take advantage of our bad roads… develop routes

Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, has asked local airlines in the country to take advantage of the country's population and bad roads, and develop routes. Sirika said this while reacting to complaints of the local airlines that foreign airlines are taking up more routes which they "should be flying". In an interview with Channels TV on Monday, the minister said while he [...]

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    Hadi Sirika: Enugu airport will be ready before Easter

Hadi Sirika: Enugu airport will be ready before Easter

Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, says the rehabilitation of Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu state will be completed before Easter. Easter, an annual celebration which usually holds between March and April, is the time when Christians remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. While carrying out inspection at the airport on Thursday, Sirika expressed satisfaction with the level of work [...]

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    Turkish Airlines complies with NCAA’s directive — two days before suspension

Turkish Airlines complies with NCAA’s directive — two days before suspension

The Turkish Airlines has complied with the directive of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) two days before the suspension of its operations in the country. The NCAA had said the airline will not be allowed to operate in Nigeria from December 16 if it did not meet set regulations. The agency said the airline would not be allowed to operate [...]

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    Hadi Sirika: Arik Air not suitable for national carrier

Hadi Sirika: Arik Air not suitable for national carrier

Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, says the federal government has no intentions to convert Arik Air into a national carrier. Fielding questions from journalists at the end of the federal executive council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, the minister said Arik Air will not be suitable for the carrier that the ministry is planning. Ahmed Kuru, the managing director of the Assets [...]

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    Enugu Airport rehabilitation yet to commence — 32 days after closure

Enugu Airport rehabilitation yet to commence — 32 days after closure

The rehabilitation of the runway at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu has not begun one month after the airport was shut down. Henrietta Yakubu, corporate affairs manager of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), confirmed the development to NAN on Thursday in Lagos. On August 24, FAAN had announced the closure of the airport, which is the only international airport [...]

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    Sirika: National carrier remains a top priority of FG

Sirika: National carrier remains a top priority of FG

Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, says the establishment of a national carrier remains a top priority of the federal government. The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had suspended Nigeria Air, the national carrier project, last year, citing some challenges. The government came under heavy criticisms, with many Nigerians saying the funds sunk into the project went down the drain. But in a statement on Friday, James [...]

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    Enugu airport should be shut, says Sirika

Enugu airport should be shut, says Sirika

Hadi Sirika, former minister of state for aviation, says Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, should be shut. Sirika, who is one of the ministerial nominees, spoke when he appeared before the senate for screening confirmation on Friday. Describing the runway of the airport as an eyesore, he said it is not befitting of a modern airport. “I visited Enugu airport as minister thrice [...]

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    France-bound passengers stranded in Lagos after engine failure

France-bound passengers stranded in Lagos after engine failure

Hundreds of Air France passengers in Nigeria have been stranded after a Paris-bound flight reportedly experienced engine failure. Olusegun Paul, one of the passengers, said the flight was supposed to depart the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos around 11pm on Thursday night. Paul said after some efforts by the airline, passengers who had already been checked-in, were asked to disembark. Business class [...]

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    Sirika to Atiku: Only Buhari is exempted from airport security checks

Sirika to Atiku: Only Buhari is exempted from airport security checks

Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, has accused Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), of raising false alarm over his encounter with security operatives on Sunday. TheCable reported how Atiku was searched by security operatives upon his arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The PDP presidential candidate had said the search was an attempt to [...]

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    Sirika: Nigeria Air to gulp $300m, awaiting FEC approval

Sirika: Nigeria Air to gulp $300m, awaiting FEC approval

Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, says the Nigeria Air project is not lacking investors. He said institutions and airlines such as the African Development Bank (AfDB), AFREXIM, US-EXIM, Standard Chartered Bank, Boeing, Airbus and China-Exim Bank are some of the interested partners. The minister said the project followed due process and is currently at procurement stage awaiting approval of the [...]

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    Sirika: Take-off date of Nigeria Air to be announced soon

Sirika: Take-off date of Nigeria Air to be announced soon

Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, says the embargo placed on Nigeria Air, the national carrier, will be lifted as soon as possible. According to James Daudu, the ministry’s deputy director of media and public affairs, Sirika said this while receiving Fahad Al Taffaq, United Arab Emirates (UAE) ambassador to Nigeria, in Abuja on Monday. He quoted the minister as saying [...]

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    ‘Nigeria Air didn’t lack investors’ — Sirika contradicts Lai

‘Nigeria Air didn’t lack investors’ — Sirika contradicts Lai

Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, says it is untrue that the Nigeria Air project was suspended over lack of investors. In a statement issued on his behalf d by James Odaudu, deputy director, media and public affairs, ministry of transportation, Sirika said a number of “well-grounded” investors were ready to key into the project. The minister's comment contradicts that of [...]

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    FG: Why we suspended Nigeria Air

FG: Why we suspended Nigeria Air

The federal government says it suspended the national carrier project due to investor apathy. Addressing journalists on Monday at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, explained that investors who were supposed to partner with the government on the project were no longer forthcoming. It was recently announced that Nigeria Air, which was supposed to [...]

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    Paying for Sirika’s aborted flight of fancy

Paying for Sirika’s aborted flight of fancy

It’s not yet clear what finally did it or who. But it was clear, almost from the start, that the country could not bluff its way through this flight. Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had mounted the problem maddeningly and by some curious twist of fate the incoming Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, would bear the brunt for it [...]

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    ‘Just another MMM’, ‘Government of fake promises’ — anger over suspension of Nigeria Air

‘Just another MMM’, ‘Government of fake promises’ — anger over suspension of Nigeria Air

On Wednesday, Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, announced that the federal government had directed indefinite suspension of Nigeria Air, the national carrier project. Sirika had unveiled the name and logo of the carrier at an airshow in London, in July. He had added that government was in talks with aircraft providers ahead of the take-off of the project. “We’ve been talking to [...]

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