The minister had, on Wednesday, said the federal government would take delivery of the aircraft today, ahead of the commencement of operations.
“We are here. To Almighty God be all the glory. It has been a very long, tedious, daunting, and difficult path. We thank everyone for their support. This, by the will of God, will be for us and generations to come. Ya Allah make it beneficial for our country and humanity,” Sirika tweeted on Friday.
Earlier on Friday, the federal government had said it was set to unveil the proposed national airline officially.
Hadi Sirika not above the law, can’t birth Nigeria Air without due process – Airline Operators
The event is billed to hold today, by 4 pm, at the Nigerian Air Operations Centre in the Abuja airport.
“The federal ministry of aviation cordially requests your presence at the official unveiling of Nigeria Air on Friday, 26th May 2023, at 4 pm,” the document reads.
Meanwhile, domestic aviation firms, under the aegis of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), have condemned Sirika’s move to float the proposed national airline before May 29, 2023.
The airlines, in a statement on Friday, signed by Obiora Okonkwo, spokesperson of AON, described the move as contemptuous and shadowy, saying a federal high court had halted moves by the minister to float the airline until the determination of the substantive suit brought by the union.