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Buhari vows outset of Nigeria air operations

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By Timothy Akintola

Proposed national carrier to commence operation on or before December.

Years after the glistening promise of a proposed Nigeria Air operations, an Airline carrier owned by the country, the Buhari administration has received immense criticism for the rather slow progress in the operation of this project. President Buhari, at the 3rd Ministerial Review Retreat, which was held recently in Abuja, however he reassured the public that the proposed national carrier would commence operations sometime before the end of the year. He said that the national airline carrier was at 91 percent completion, with the project being enhanced by the recent certification of the Lagos and Abuja international airports by the International Civil Aviation Organization, with Kano and Port Harcourt airports also undergoing the certification process.

While Nigeria Air takes at least, N14.6 billion, under 5 percent of the government’s equity share, sources reported that the Federal Government had opted the delivery of 9 out of the 20 training aircrafts that is meant for the perfect preparation of the Nigeria Air project. On the economic situation, President Buhari reiterated that the Economy had witnessed subsequent growth after the negatives were recorded in the second and third quarters of 2022.

Nigeria has been impacted by the implementation of high-impact projects.

He also stated that the country has been influenced by the implementation of high impact projects to suit the yearnings of Nigerians. Immense development in the sectors of agriculture, infrastructure, security, anti-Corruption and health were also highlighted. In this retreat which included stakeholders and highly important guests like Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya and keynote speaker at the event, Buhari also disclosed that over 3,800 kilometers of roads had been constructed across the country. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Presidential aspirant of the All Progressive Congress (APC), whilst speaking at the event, also promised to build on the legacies of President Buhari, if elected in the upcoming presidential election.

Tinubu, appearing at the event under the organizers’ invitation, was quick to commend the Buhari administration for its immense efforts at improving the country’s status quo since elected in 2015. President Buhari however urged present ministers and permanent secretaries against abandoning their duties to the country for electioneering, noting that infractions would be taken seriously. He stated that the business of governance must continually receive all the attention that is needed, even in the light of the campaign outset. Upon signing the Executive Order 012 on the Improvement of Performance Management, Coordination and Implementation of Presidential Priorities, urged the Ministry of Transportation and other relevant agencies to ensure the needed Security infrastructures in all railway corridors are being upgraded.

Buhari also inaugurated the Presidential Campaign Council of APC.

The president also signed the Nigeria Start-up Bill 2022, which Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy confirmed as one that will have immense influence on numerous economic benefits in the country. On the same day, Buhari received the good wishes of President Julius Mada Bio of Sierra Leone on the impending general elections through a special envoy. Andre Thomas Hope, the Special Envoy however disclosed that the country, in bidding for a non-permanent seat in the Security Council of the United Nations, solicited for Nigeria’s support.

Buhari also conferred Nigeria Excellence Awards in Public Services on former president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, as well as 43 other prominent Nigerians to have shown dexterity over the years. NEAPS was established to recognize public services to the country for individual, local, state or national contributions to humanitarianism, leadership excellence and national services. The Presidential Campaign Council of the All Progressive Congress (APC) was further inaugurated by the President, where the action plans of APC’s Presidential candidate were also revealed. Buhari noted that the APC-led governance has worked to stabilize the country, laying a balanced foundation for the next administration for progressive developments, despite the socioeconomic difficulties that have plagued the country.

Established Pinnacle Oil and Gas terminal to ease Apapa congestion.

He concluded with the inauguration of Pinnacle Oil and Gas FZE terminal in Lekki, asserting that the operation of this facility will immensely ease the recurrent congestion of the Apapa Port area. Buhari also said that his administration had seen to the reduction of cost and delivery of Petroleum product distribution to most parts of the country. He congratulated Peter Mbah, the Chief Executive Officer for the establishment which would provide jobs for numerous Nigerians.


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