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Aviation minister, Hadi Sirika announces bailout for Nigerian airlines

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The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, said on Monday that the Federal Government would soon start the disbursement of the N5bn bailout it approved for the operators of the Aviation sector.

Sirika stated this at the opening of a  three-day public hearing on the six executive bills meant to reorganise the civil aviation agencies in the country.

He said the airline operators would get N4bn while other  businesses in the Aviation sector would be given N1bn

The Senate has, however, said the money would not be enough to keep the airline operators in business.

“N4 billion is very little to solve some of the problems of the airlines who are battling to survive. We urge the government to take charge of the sector,” the Kogi senator.Advertisement

“They need to give them more and they also need to support in all ways. The airlines are in business but we cannot continue to look at them without offering them assistance.

“I am not comparing Nigeria with the United States, but I think we can do better than the N4 billion we are assisting them with.”

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