Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, has said members of the federal executive council were divided on the running of Nigeria Air, the proposed national carrier.
Amaechi, while speaking on Thursday at a valedictory news conference, said the division on whether to franchise Nigeria Air or not, stalled the take-off the national carrier.
He, however, assured that the national carrier project has not been abandoned.
Amaechi said: “On the national carrier, the cabinet is divided on the issue of modality. There are those who believe that the Federal Government should invest and then we can sell the equity later.
“There are also those who believe that no, and from day one they say let us get investors in and give them the franchise of Nigeria Airways or Air Nigeria or whatever is called.
“That is where we are and that is what held it down. But as for whether it is still in our plan, it is and has not been abandoned.”