Nigeria has no national air carrier, neither has any state government. But Akwa Ibom is about to break the record by becoming the first state government to float an air carrier.

On Thursday, Akwa Ibom State Government announced that it had acquired three aircraft to add to its fleets of Ibom Airline Company.

The State Commissioner for Special Duties and Aviation Development, Mr Akan Okon, who disclosed this at the New Year chat with newsmen in Uyo, said the airline would be run as a limited liability company.

According to him, the airline has the capacity to generate 400 direct and indirect jobs for the teaming unemployed youth in the state.

“Ibom Air has come to stay. I am happy to tell you that we have completed recruitment with a good number of Akwa Ibom children. The chief pilot is from Akwa Ibom.

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“Three aircraft are secure and are ready for commencement of operation. It is completely owned and operated by the Akwa Ibom State Government and it will provide 400 direct and indirect jobs,” Okon added.

Okon pointed out that though the airline was exclusively owned by the Akwa Ibom State Government, its management and operations would completely align professionally with world best practices.

He said members of staff of the new airline, who were recruited strictly on merit, were currently undergoing training in their various areas of specialities.

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