Nigeria's Minister of State Aviation, Hadi Sirika, affirms the government's intent on establishing a lasting national carrier.

“We don't want what happened to Air Nigeria to repeat itself because someone who just woke up from the left side of the bed decided to liquidate Nigerian Airways, and set up Air Nigeria which didn't last. We want to build an airline that can challenge Ethiopian Airlines," he said.

Mr. Sirika added: "We don't want to rush into establishing a national carrier... So, we need to tread cautiously. We will fast-track, and be quick so that we can produce something that would stand the test of time."

The National Assembly fully supports the endeavor.