President Muhammadu Buhari has hinted on the return of a national carrier to fly the nation's flag in international airspace.
The president spoke at state house, when he received the President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Bernard Aliyu.
Citing Ethiopia which is sustained largely by her airline industry, President Buhari stressed that there was urgent need to harness the potentials of Nigeria, which were greater, for the good of the country. President Buhari declared: “Nigeria needs to work on her potentials, so that we don't remain permanently at the level of potentials.
“If Ethiopia is sustained largely by her airline industry, we have greater potentials here. But we must move out, engage with the rest of the world, as we need to re-establish the integrity of this country. We need to rebuild this country again."
The President recounted that for the greater part of the last 16 years, oil sold above $100 per barrel but expressed regret that the nation did n0t have much to show for it.
“In the First Republic, more enduring infrastructure was built with meagre resources. But in the past 16 years, we made a lot of money without planning for the rainy day.
“We showed a lot of indiscipline in managing our economy, and that is why we are where we are today. But this time round, we'll do our best."