The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has assured of the readiness of
airlines to ensure the speedy distribution of the awaited Covid-19 vaccine
across the country once the consignment arrives in Nigeria.
The Minister spoke alongside other dignitaries when they received Allied Air’s
first Boeing 737-800 converted freighter at a ceremony in Abuja.
The aircraft, worth about N8bn, according to the CEO of Allied Air, Capt. Val
Tongo is the first for airlines in Africa just as the freighter (MSN 36846) is
also the youngest 737-800 in the world that has been converted to-date.
Sen. Hadi Sirika said the “aircraft will be dedicated to cargo and the
distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across the country. Before the vaccines
arrive, the cargo shade would be ready and the aircraft is also ready for
He added that “Only about three weeks ago, the Aviation Minister Commissioned
another aircraft for Air Peace. What does that mean, with the hard work, the
Nigerian Aviation Sector is opening up more and more and investments are coming
Emefiele called on other investors to invest in the aviation sector, assuring that the
CBN and the Nigerian banks are ready to support them.