Reason Nigeria Senate Were Against Designation of National Carrier to Nigeria Eagle
+How old planes were refurbished for the airline
Lack of maintanace has over the years proved to be the bane of infrastructural decadence in the country, this has been responsible for the many set-backs that has been facing the country and it was responsible for the collapse of the now disbanded national carrier the Nigeria Airways.
Since the collapse of the national carrier, there has been many phase in the controversy of the country's flagship airline. At a time it was Richard Brandson led Virgin Nigeria that was designated the national carrier after which it was granted to Jimoh Ibrahim owned Air Nigeria that was also forced to shutdown sometimes last year after series of terrible management by the owner.
The shutdown of Air Nigeria since last year has also left the country without a National Carrier until recently when the Minister of Aviation, Ms Stella Oduah, announced that a new carrier will be named for the country and this has also been generating a lot controversies over the choice of company the minister will designate as the new National Carrier.
It therefore come as a surprise when towards the period the minister set for the announcement of the new flagship airline that Aero Contractor, one of the major airline company in the country embark on a rebranding exercise which sees the name being changed to Nigeria Eagle, aand it was during this period that the news that it has been named the new national carrier emanated. Though the story was denied but sources close to the ministry revealed that the whole exercise was suspended when the Senate raised questions about the age of the aircrafts that are refurbished to serve as the country national carrier, the youngest of which sources placed at 20 years.
Coming at a time when condition of aircrafts that are plying the country's air-space is under scrutiny, it was revealed that the aircraft are about twenty years old and this did not go down well with the legislators who sources alleged were spending more from Lagos to Abuja flights and Abuja to Lagos during the period of the many several crashes that has happened in the country. The lawmakers were alleged to had decided to fly to the Federal Capital Teerritory via London from Lagos and doing same also for their return trips during that period.
Though the announcement we gathered has been put on hold because of the decision of the National Assembly pending the time they will be able to convince the people and the Senate on the condition of the aircrafts. it was also gathered that the ministry at the moment cannot afford confrontation with the National Assembly based on the fact that the minister is currently having issues based on the recent activity on the minstry before the National Assembly.