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Group asks Arik Air to apologize, pay up debt

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A coalition of civil societies in the country led by the executive director of Conscience Nigeria, Comrade Tosin Adeyanju has called on Arik Air to apologise to the aviation minister for the embarrassment it caused her and its passengers over the suspension of its operations.

It also urged it to pay up its debts.

A press statement jointly signed by Conscience Nigeria, Coalition for Air Safety in Nigeria, Arewa Youth Parliament, Good Governance Group Initiative, Engage Nigeria Forum, Niger Delta Professionals, South West Youth Leaders Forum, Stand Up Nigeria Initiative, Transparency in Nigeria Project, Centre for Policy Advocacy and Leadership Development said the aviation industry must insist that Arik Air does the right thing by paying up its huge debts and making its facts available that the minister indeed demanded for 5 percent control share of the airline.

It said, “To ensure that the gains so far recorded in the aviation sector are not reversed, Arik Air and other airlines must service their debts as expected. We must support the ministry to make the aviation industry serve us well. It is a collective duty.”

The group also noted that it was particularly piqued by the allegation of corruption levelled against the Minister of Aviation for insisting that the airline must do the right thing and pay off its debts.

Source: Daily Trust, Nigeria

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