The EFCC is investigating the Nigeria Air deal, according to Keyamo

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The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, revealed on Channels TV Politics Today that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is conducting a criminal investigation into the controversial Nigeria Air deal initiated by his predecessor, Hadi Sirika.

Keyamo emphasized the government’s commitment to establishing a proper national carrier instead of designating a local airline as the national carrier.

He announced plans to publish weekly reports on flight cancellations and delays by local airlines, aiming to name and shame those at fault.

Keyamo acknowledged the pervasive issue of delayed and canceled flights in the country, assuring that the ministry would delicately address the matter to avoid discouraging potential investors.

He emphasized the need to enforce international laws regarding flight delays and compensation for customers, expressing empathy for the difficulties faced by Nigerians.

The minister also disclosed the government’s engagement with insurance companies to provide coverage for passengers and their flight tickets, ensuring swift action during delays or cancellations to prevent passenger strandings.

Highlighting the complexities involved, Keyamo mentioned various factors contributing to flight disruptions, including weather conditions, bird strikes, and fuel shortages.

He noted the responsibility of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to manage these issues and the government’s plans to digitalize FAAN to streamline operations.

Furthermore, Keyamo pointed out the financial strain caused by FAAN officials commuting between Lagos and Abuja, revealing that the movement of FAAN headquarters would save the government and the people of Nigeria approximately N0.5bn spent on air tickets annually.

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