Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), has advised the Federal Government not to give free tickets to politicians and government officials that would patronise the services of the new national carrier, Nigeria Air.
Runswere told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja, that everyone must be made to pay the complete air fare to avoid killing the airline.
He warned that it should not be business as usual, stressing that the former national carrier, Nigerian Airways, failed because of free tickets to government officials and other unprofessional business practices.
“The name and logo of the new national carrier, ‘Nigeria Air’ was recently unveiled and would be inaugurated in December 2018.
“I am appealing that there should be no free tickets; everybody should pay and get the right services like it is being done all over the world.
“What killed Nigeria Airways was the patronage of the ‘who is who’ in the system; but the body language of the minister has shown that the new national career is going to be strictly for business.
“If the national carrier begins operation, it will definitely increase our GDP; I pray it comes to stay in December and this time, there will be no free tickets,” Runsewe stressed.