by Isi Esene
The absence of a Nigerian national carrier is receiving attention from the Senate with its committee on aviation recommending Arik Air as a possible airline to assume that status.
Hope Uzodinma, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Aviation disclosed this recommendation while presenting the report of the committee’s findings regarding the arbitrary fees charged by foreign airlines like British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways.
According to reports, he said the airline should assume that status until the ministry of aviation finalizes modalities on approving a new national carrier.
“What we are saying is that for now, let’s allow Arik to fly our flag around the world while the ministry of aviation is working out modalities of securing a new national carrier.”
Part of the committee’s mandate includes investigations into all issues relating to compliance or non-compliance with relevant aviation laws and all unwholesome activities by foreign airlines.
Also addressed is the role played by regulatory agencies which undermine the growth of the aviation industry in Nigeria.
The Senate President, David Mark, received the recommendation of the committee but requested for a compressed version of the report so as to allow the senate members deliberate on the recommendations therein with ease.