Lagos — The Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has denied media reports that Aero Contractors has been named the Nigerian national carrier.
NAMA spokesman Supo Atobotele told our correspondent on phone the story wasn't true.
Also speaking on the issue, the Coordinating General Manager, Public Affairs, aviation parastatals Yakubu Dati said "when a decision is taken on the National carrier, the honourable Minister, Princess Stella Oduah will make the declaration. We share in the anxiety of most Nigerians as we await the birth of this dream. For now, we can only appeal for patience to allow for due process."
Unconfirmed media report had suggested Aero Contractors would be named the National carrier since the federal government's Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria owns 60 percent equity in Aero.
The ministry of Avtaion had previously set September 2013 as the target for the National Carrier to come into stream but it couldn't achieve it.
The ministry is still discussing with the Central Bank of Nigeria on how to raise $500 million to drive the carrier. The ministry is also still shopping for technical partners to drive the National Carrier.