…Says Reports Capable Of Discrediting Process For Establishment Of National Carrier
The Federal Government through the Aviation Ministry has stated categorically that no preferred bidder has been selected for the national carrier, Nigeria Air contrary to insinuations in the media by some persons with vested interests.
The clarification is contained in a statement signed by the
Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu and made available to journalists today.
The statement said that for some time now, the name Qatar Airways has been coming up as the core investor of the airline in the media reports, but that, “Federal Government wish to state that no preferred bidder has been selected for the national carrier, Nigeria Air.”
Similar, the statement said that reports coming just two days after the issuance of a Request For Proposal which was published in local and international news media, was not only false but capable of discrediting the process for the establishment of the airline, and discouraging interested parties.
“We wish to state that throughout the process leading to the publication of the Request for Proposal, the guiding principle has been transparency and accountability, which we promised, will remain till the final delivery of the project, and by which we stand.
“We wish to state categorically that no corporate entity or individual has been appointed or selected, or even preferred for the project as the process for selection has just started with the Request for Proposal.
“All interested partners and the public are therefore advised to discountenance the report and proceed with their proposals as we assure them of our unalloyed commitment to transparency and accountability till the end of the process.
“Our driving force is the commitment of the Buhari administration to bequeath to the country a national carrier that Nigerians would be proud of, and our determination and commitment to it remains stoic,” the statement said.
The statement appealed to media practitioners to always confirm information from the right quarters before going to press so as to avoid misleading the public as in this particular case.