‘FG may float a national carrier by December’

Mr Benjamin Okewu, National President, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), on Wednesday said that the Federal Government might float a national carrier by December.

Okewu told newsmen in Lagos that a Federal Government committee was in place to ensure that Nigeria “has its own national carrier that would serve as a driver in the nation’s aviation industry.”

The ATSSSAN President noted that the process of creating the national carrier would have been completed long ago but for the June 3 Dana plane crash that slowed it down.

“There is a committee on establishing a national carrier and incidentally, the joint trade union forum is representing the unions there.

“I think that the Dana crash slowed down the activities of the committee and I am aware that it is now trying to hasten the process-to put finishing touches – to enable it take off latest by December 2012.

“We want to start having a national carrier by December, that is the target. So, if we can start by January, it is still a good development,’’ he said. NAN

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