MINISTER of State for Aviation,
Senator Hadi Sirika has explained
that the federal government
has completed arrangements
to commence the production of
aviation fuel, known as “jet A1”, in
Nigeria in order to bring down the
cost and regularise supply.
Sen. Sirika who made this known
recently, while declaring open
the International Air Transport
Association, IATA Aviation Day
in Abuja, called on both local
and foreign investors to put
their resource in the setting up
of a refining facility for local
consumption and export.
The minister decried the high
cost of aircraft maintenance,
while revealing that the Federal
Government was in the process of
establishing a major Maintenance,
Repair and Overhaul Centre, MRO
through public-private-partnership
to allow for an A to D checks of
most aircraft type.
He added that the MRO would
have an engine, battery, wheels
and brakes, upholstery and galley
shops among others.
Stakeholders at the event deliberated
on several issues including the
leveraging of air transport for optimal
economic development and growth in
Africa, improved connectivity across
the region, appropriate infrastructure,
safety, security, climate change and
The minister who was
represented by the Permanent
Secretary, Sabiu Zakari, said while
concession of some assets would
address the problem of dilapidated
airport infrastructure across the
country, government would also
aggressively focus on improving
the critical infrastructures.
He listed some areas open for
investment by private sectors to
include: concession of airports (Abuja,
Kano, Lagos and Port Harcourt);
partnership to establish a national
carrier; Maintenance, Repair and
Overhaul (MRO) Centre; Aviation
Leasing Company (ALC) and
development of agro-cargo terminals
and associated infrastructure.