The Nigerian government had planned to start a national carrier this year.

In fact, it wanted to start operation on Christmas eve and there was excitement in the air.

But out of the blues, federal authorities clipped the wings of the eagle and announced it would no longer be allowed to take flight.

It didn’t quite state why it was abandoning the projecting, leaving people to speculate.

Now, it appears the government was fed up with the misinformation that came with the speculation on why it abandoned the project and wants to clear the air.

So, this story isn’t about why the government suspended the Nigerian Air project but about an announcement by the government that it will announce the reasons why it suspected the project.

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According to the government, it has become necessary to address some of the issues, misinformation and allegations that greeted the announcement of the suspension of the national carrier project.

The Aviation arm of the Federal Ministry of Transportation on Monday announced that it would address the issues at a forum coming up later this month to keep the public well informed on the status of the proposed national carrier before it was suspended.

The Deputy Director, Media and Public Affairs, FMT (Aviation), James Odaudu, said in a statement that “the Federal Ministry of Transportation (Aviation) has noted the plethora of opinions, comments and observations by stakeholders in the aviation sector, and members of the public in the electronic, print and social media following the recent suspension of the processes leading to the establishment of a national carrier by the Federal Government.

“In view of the general excitement generated earlier by the prospect of a new national airline coming on stream soon and the massive reaction by members of the public in the wake of its recent suspension, it has become necessary to address some of the issues, misinformation, allegations and opinions trending in the media in order to keep the public well informed on the status of the proposed national carrier prior to the suspension.”

Odaudu said the aviation minister had decided to invite members of the public to a forum to hold in Abuja later this month, where he will explain the reason why government abandoned the project.

So, we keep our fingers crossed.

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