22nd September, 2012
Though officials of Arik Air and Federal aviation agencies are expected to attend a meeting in Abuja today to verify the actual debt of the beleaguered airline to the agencies, overhanging the peace move is the threat by the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah to sue the airline for leveling unfounded allegations against her.
Mr Joe Obi, Special Assistant (media) to the minister stated last night that a recent publication by the management of the airline was designed to embarrass the minister.
It said that Arik Air was owing the ministry N85.4 billion and stressed that Oduah had no stake in the company.
The release stated that the minister could not have contemplated acquiring a stake in any airline and cautioned that the time was ripe for Arik Air to change its business model to resolve its financial crisis.
Arik Air was prevented from operation since Thursday by labour unions of the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
The unions claimed Arik owed the agencies about N18billion, a claim Arik denied, saying its debt was N1.6 billion.