Jakande supports FG’s plan to set up new national carrier


JakandeA former governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, on Tuesday expressed support for the Federal Government plans to establish a new national carrier.

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Jakande conveyed his support, while speaking with aviation correspondents shortly after presenting a book entitled: “The Big Conspiracy: The Travails of a Progressive Safety Regulator in a Not-So-Progressive Aviation Industry’’.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the book was written by Mrs Folasade Odutola, an aeronautical engineer and former Rector, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT).

Jakande said: “Nigeria needs a national carrier that would display her flag across the world like the liquidated Nigeria Airways in its days.’’

He said that the new carrier, when operational, should be strengthened to compete with other international airlines.

Jakande also underscored the need to engage seasoned professionals in the aviation sector for the day-to-day administration of the airline.

The ex-governor, however, condemned a proposal of the House of Representatives to pass a bill that would grant members immunity and allow them to open foreign accounts.

He said that if such bill was passed by the lawmakers, it would encourage corruption.

“Such rights would not benefit the country, it would be a step taken in the wrong direction in the nation’s fight against corruption,’’ he said.

However, the book’s author, Odutola, urged FG not to establish another national carrier.

She urged the government to strengthen existing domestic airlines, instead of channelling available scarce resources toward the establishment of a new airline.

Odutola, however, said that some of the indigenous airlines could be designated as flag carriers, while assigning specific international routes to them. (NAN)

Babatunde Akinsola
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Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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