Nigerian government agency, ICRC pledges to ensure Nigeria Air flies by 2023

The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) says it is working for Air Nigeria to start carrying Nigerians before the end of President Muhammad Buhari’s administration.
The commission’s acting chief executive, Michael Ohiani, said everyone was on board to get it up and running.





According to him, the ICRC was working closely with the Ministry of Aviation and informed that a new presidential approval had just been given which would move the process forward.
He also gave assurances that the process would move to the next stage by the end of February.
According to News Agency of Nigeria, Ohiani said, “I want to assure the Nigerian public that we are working around the clock to get it up and running. We work with the Ministry of Aviation and we have just obtained presidential approval.
“We will have the concessionaire, once we have the concessionaire, which is a major step, the issue of operations will follow now.
“I can assure you that before the end of this administration, Air Nigeria will start flying,” he said.
Recall that in November 2021, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the launch of the inauguration processes of the national carrier, Nigeria Air.
Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika, who was briefing journalists at the time, announced April 2022 as the effective date for take-off.
In a related development, the acting DG of the ICRC said plans were underway for the establishment of six cargo agro-airports in the six geopolitical zones.
Ohiani said the cargo airports are part of the current administration’s commitment to boost agriculture, adding that the airport will boost the movement of goods in and out of Nigeria.
He hinted that the cargo airport project was still in the development phase. Ohiani added that many efforts are being made in the aviation industry to achieve the presidential aviation roadmap.
For the concession to operate the terminals at the four international airports, the ICRC boss said the commission and its partners are currently looking for companies to operate the terminals.
“Apart from that, we have what we call MRO, which is the development of maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities.
“As we speak, an investor has emerged in this regard and so we are trying to finalize. We also have the creation of the Aviation Leasing Company.
“Experience has shown that to have a sustainable aviation industry, you need to have a leasing company so that operators can easily acquire aircraft fleets,” he said.
Ohiani assured that the commission was already finalizing plans to go to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approval of the concession of the establishment of the leasing company.