Imagine a Nigeria where all public servants patronize only Nigerian businesses for their health, travel, fashion and other needs.

This is what is about to be enforced in favour of the aviation sector with the ‘Fly Nigeria Act’ being pushed by the Nigerian government.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, says the government has commenced moves that would compel any public servant travelling on a ticket bought with public funds to travel on a Nigerian carrier.

But the National Assembly will have to pass a ‘Fly Nigeria Act’ in order to achieve this target.

This was his response to social media questions, which was made available to Punch correspondent in Abuja on Tuesday.

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“As part of efforts to make airlines viable in Nigeria, the ministry is making moves to have the National Assembly pass a fly Nigeria Act.

“This Act will require that anybody travelling on a ticket bought with public funds must travel on a Nigerian carrier unless the route is not served by a Nigerian carrier.

“However, with your private funds, you can do as you like. Many countries, including America, have such Acts.”

The minister also declared that it was untrue that Nigeria Air lacked a domain name, adding that those who wanted to steal the airline’s domain name would not get a kobo from the Federal Government.

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