Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. AbdulHakeem Abdullateef has said that the days when Nigerians will spend over 10 hours going through other countries and sometimes be delayed for days to make Saudi Arabia has become a thing of the past.
He made this known during the flag off of Medview Airline Jeddah, Saudi Arabia operation which commenced on December 31, 2015.
The commissioner who was elated by the concept said that the flight is bringing back those year of yore when the country’s national carrier used to ply that route.
He said,”For long Nigerians have suffered the stress of going through some other countries and then being frustrated by the fact that they are foreigners in those countries. Many of them would keep transit of 10 hours, 13 hours just to get to Saudi Arabia but this (Medview operation) has replaced the frustration and now Nigerians would begin to benefit from what they used to benefit during the era of Nigerian Airways. “
“There are many Nigerians who just want to go and observe Friday, Saturday at Haram, you can go on a day like this (Thursday), observe it tomorrow and come back on Sunday because they have an early morning flight by 4: 00 am in Saudi Arabia which is 2:00 a.m in Nigeria, which means by 8, you are in Lagos and by extending it, Lagos through Kano to Saudi Arabia, it is a comprehensive package and it would save us.”
“Nigeria is a big country. There was a time I went through one of the airlines and because of the fact that we missed our flight which was a cause of that Airline, we were delayed for 13 hours and all that would be a thing of the past.
He also called for the reestablishment of a national carrier stating that the benefits far outweigh the detriments especially the fact that it would help launder the country’s image above.
“I would ask Nigerians to understand that our economy is one economy that would grow by the day, with the way Mr. President is fighting corruption, we believe that the aviation sector would also be touched and that our safety measure because safety first in all that we are doing, some of the other countries have national carrier, they should work towards the return of our national carrier because it sells us abroad and it tells much about our image.”