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No preferred bidder yet for Nigeria Air, stop discrediting the process says, aviation ministry

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The Federal Ministry of Aviation has denied Qatar Airways being the core investor for the national carrier, Nigeria Air.

This is  just as the Ministry also states 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.

The clarification is coming on the heels of media reports according to Ministry Director, Public Affairs, James Odaudu that, “some persons with vested interests have been promoting some organisations that have bided for the forthcoming national carrier, Nigeria Air”.

“For some time now, the name Qatar Airways has been coming up as the core investor of the airline in the media reports, but we wish to state that no preferred bidder has been selected for the national carrier, Nigeria Air”.

 “Similar reports coming just two days after the issuance of a Request For Proposal which was published in local and international news media, is not only false but capable of discrediting the process for the establishment of the airline, and discouraging interested parties”.  

Odaudu says, 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”. 

 He implored all interested partners and the public 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”. 

 Odaudu added that, ” 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”. 

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