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Reps to probe Nigeria Air project, summon Perm Sec

The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation headed by Nnolim Nnaji has summoned the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation Dr Emmanuel Meribole to an emergency meeting over the Nigeria Air project.

The emergency meeting according to an invitation for the meeting signed by the committee clerk Bassy E. Edem dated May 30  2023 and referenced NASS/9/HR17/120, the Permanent Secretary was directed to come with every document and personnel connected with the National Carrier.

Extract from the invitation reads, “Last Friday, the 26th of May, 2023, the nation was awash with viral reports and videos of the unveiling of the Nigeria Air project under very controversial circumstances, as a committee of the parliament saddled with the responsibility of oversight the aviation sector of the economy we deem it necessary to be fully briefed about the project.

“Consequently l am directed to invite you to an emergency session with the committee on Thursday, first of June 2023. You are to come with all individuals/agencies connected to the project.”

However, the Permanent Secretary was said to have requested time to be able to Assemble all the necessary documents and individuals connected with the project. Meanwhile, Tuesday 7th June has been rescheduled for the meeting based on the appeals for time by the ministry.

National Assembly, Abuja

Details of the documents demanded in the invitation include the followings:

  1. Full business case  (FBC,) as prepared by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, (ICRC),

ii. Full disclosure on the ownership structure of Nigeria Air including equity contributions by individuals, organisations, and Consortium outlining each contribution, name, address, phone number, and their businesses’ registration certificates.

iii. All Private, Public Partnership, (PPP) agreements reached and signed with Ethiopian Airlines on the project.

  1. All Private Public partnership agreements reached and signed with other parties with stakes in Nigeria Air
  2. All documents, permits, and receipts were relevant to the subject matter.
  3. Shareholders’ agreements

Vii Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, (ICRC) agreement and

Viii. Any other documents that will assist the committee in this assignment.

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