The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that the proposed takeoff of Nigeria Air is being held down because members of the Federalist Executive Council are divided on the modality for its establishment.
The minister disclosed this on Thursday during a valedictory press briefing in Abuja.
Amaechi further stated that members of the federal cabinet had different beliefs and positions as regards the establishment of a national carrier for Nigeria.
He however added that the project is still in the pipeline and not abandoned.
He said: “On national carrier, cabinet is divided on the issue of modality. There are those who believe that the Federal Government should invest and then we can sell the equity later.
“There are also those who believe that no, and from day one they say let us get investors in and give them the franchise of Nigeria Airways or Air Nigeria or whatever it is called. That is where we are and that is what held it down. But as for whether it is still in our plan, it is and has not been abandoned.”
It would be recalled that the Federal Government has suspended the commencement of operation of the proposed airline in September 2018, after initially saying it would commence operation before the end of that year.