RIGHT: Senator Hadi Sirika, Aviation Minister, in Pogany, Hungary for talks on local production of training aircraft
The Federal Government has expressed its readiness to partner with a Hungarian private enterprise, the Magnus aircraft Manufacturing industry, Hungary, to establish an assembly plant and begin to manufacture in Nigeria from start to finish.
The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, who expressed the federal government’s interest in the project when he made an inspection visit to the Magnus Aircraft Industry in Pogany, Hungary, said the plant would become a reality before the end of Buhari’s administration
He explained that “if we partner with them, we may start with assembly plant and later manufacturing”, adding that the Magnus aircraft is an aeroplane that is good for Military training, has aerobatic manoeuvres and is made of fully composite materials high strength and very lightweight”, Sirika said.
The Minister said aerobatics was the practice of flying manoeuvres involving aircraft attitudes that are not used in normal flights. He explained further that, aerobatics are performed in aeroplanes and gliders for training, recreation, entertainment, and sport.
Sirika further said he was very satisfied with the Magnus aircraft features and more than willing to facilitate the production of the aeroplanes in Nigeria, saying one of the significant features of the Magnus aircraft is that it uses normal car petrol and outperforms any training aircraft of its kind”
The Minister who was at the facility on the invitation of the company said the proposed partnership with the aircraft manufacturer will be subjected to further analysis to verify the market and government willingness to partner with a significant amount of money and logistics.
He emphasized that the local production of aircraft in the country will facilitate the growth of Nigeria as a regional aviation superpower as it will also come with maintenance and repair facilities that will attract patronage from neighbouring countries.
According to Sirika, the present administration had created an attractive environment in Nigeria, for international investors, especially in the aviation sector.
He enthused that with the ongoing implementation of the development roadmap which places emphasis on public-private partnerships, investors in the aviation business globally have found Nigeria an ideal destination
** By James Odaudu, Director, Public Affairs, Federal Ministry of AviationShare