BUSI­NESS Kalu to re­sus­ci­tate Slok Air­lines

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS -

A for­mer Gover­nor of Abia, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, said yes­ter­day that he would re­sus­ci­tate the Slok Air­lines, whose op­er­at­ing li­cence was re­voked in 2004.

Kalu made the an­nounce­ment in a state­ment signed by his me­dia aide, Mr Oyekunle Oyewumi.

The PDP chief­tain said that he had al­ready en­tered into dis­cus­sions with the man­age­ment of Emi­rates Air­lines to part­ner with his air­line.

“I can only do this if Emi­rates Air­lines agrees on the part­ner­ship

that we are dis­cussing be­cause Emi­rates is one of the best air­lines in the world.

“The air­line would be re­sum­ing sched­uled commercial flights to Kano and Abuja by Au­gust.

“So if Emi­rates man­age­ment agrees to main­tain my air­craft lo­cally and be­come our part­ner, Slok Air will come back; dis­cus­sions to that ef­fect is on­go­ing,’’ Kalu said.

He said that the restora­tion would take ef­fect soon as both par­ties were work­ing out the lo­gis­tics that would be re­quired for smooth re­la­tion­ship.

Kalu dis­closed that the re­vo­ca­tion made him to re­lo­cate the air­line’s op­er­a­tional head­quar­ters to the Gam­bia with of­fices in Ivory Coast, Ghana, Sene­gal, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

He promised to con­struct three new fac­to­ries in Aba which would pro­vide em­ploy­ment to no fewer than 1,000 youths when it starts oper­a­tion in July.

“I plan to make Aba the Dubai of Nigeria.

“We have three in­dus­tries al­ready in Aba which will start rolling out lead, cop­per and alu­minum prod­ucts by July.

“We are part­ner­ing with some In­dian in­vestors in these projects,’’ he said. (NAN)

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