Sirika assures of airline readiness to distribute Covid-19 vaccine



The of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has assured of the readiness of
airlines to ensure the speedy distribution of the awaited vaccine
across the country once the consignment arrives in .

The 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 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 vaccines across the country. Before the vaccines
arrive, the cargo shade would be ready and the aircraft is also ready for
distribution.”

The tasked other operators to invest in the aviation industry so it can
double its to the GDP to 5 percent or N450bn annually.

Also speaking, Governor of the Central Bank of , CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele
disclosed the aircraft is funded through the of the CBN, but
through Access Bank.

He added that “Only about three weeks ago, the Aviation Commissioned
another aircraft for Air . What does that mean, with the hard work, the
Nigerian Aviation Sector is opening up more and more and investments are coming
in.”

Emefiele called on other investors to invest in the aviation sector, assuring that the
CBN and the Nigerian banks are ready to support them.

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