Sirika told journalists in Lagos on Thursday that the national carrier would be delivered within the first term of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He explained that the German-based Lufthansa Consortium has been removed from being one of the Transaction Advisers for the birthing of the new national carrier.
“I think in the next couple of months, one month to two months maximum, by March we should be able to have our outline business base for this transaction.
“I will say that we are very close to having the national carrier established. Certainly it would be within the first term of this administration,’’ local media reports quoted the minister as saying.
The minister noted that Nigeria would be among the greatest beneficiaries of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), which Nigeria recently ratified.
According to him, the need to take full advantage of the SAATM informed the decision of the government to establish the national carrier.
He recalled that Nigeria was among the first 11 countries that went to Yamousoukro and took a decision to liberalise the sector and open the sky for Africa, and this means growth.
“This means development. This means more jobs. This means more security and this means more connectivity. This means more passenger experience and comfort,” he added.