Aviation group faults N8.5 billion budgetary allocation for Nigeria Air.
The Aviation Security Round Table Initiative (ASRTI) yesterday faulted Federal Government’s allocation of N8.5 billion for the proposed national carrier in the 2019 appropriation bill.
ASRTI, a think-tank group of the aviation industry, said the government was ill-advised on how to properly set up a new national carrier.
President of the group, Gabriel Olowo, at the launch of a book titled: The Learned Commander,’ in Lagos, faulted the government for setting aside N500 million for Transaction Advisers in the budget.
He argued that such an amount of money if allocated to technical professionals in the country, would give the government appropriate advice on how to achieve a befitting national carrier.
Olowo added that the government was not following the right path in establishing a new national carrier for the country and urged it to consultant professionals locally.
“I read somewhere that the Federal Government proposed another N8.5 billion for the establishment of a new national carrier in the 2019 budget proposal to the National Assembly. Out of this money, N500 million was allocated for Transaction Advisers.
“If you give the N500 million to people like Dele Ore & Co, they will offer better advice on how to have a befitting national carrier. However, ART as a body will continue to fight for the interest of the former staff of Nigeria Airways. We will continue to drum it in the ears of the government to pay what is due to them.”
Author of the book, Capt. Dele Ore, a former Director of Operations at Nigeria Airways, said the government was wrongly advised on the liquidation of the airline, which brought untold hardship to workers.