Question for the Week: bothering on CallyAir

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Two profound questions are begging for answers on Cross River cyberspace. These questions were posed by embattled journalist Agba Jalingo on Monday via social media.

The questions bother on CallyAir’s two aircrafts which are currently grounded. Jalingo is asking:

1. Have the 18 LGAs whose FAAC allocations were commandeered to purchase the two aircrafts lost their investments?

2. What is the guarantee that AMCON will still not seize the two aircrafts and subtract the cost from the N31billion…?

Journalist Agba Jalingo with AIT Cross River correspondent, Rasheed Olarewaju
Agba Jalingo with media aides and independent journalist in Lagos in 2021 during the arrival of CallyAir

These questions are against the backdrop of ‘the 70 seater Dash 8-Q200 series aircraft belonging to Cross River State, which Governor Imoke purchased from Governor Amaechi, to run the Obudu Ranch route’, which Aero was supposed to use but got liquidated ‘and their assets are now managed by AMCON’.

Recall that according to Jalingo ‘AMCON seized the aircraft because Cross River State is still owing AMCON N31billion over Tinapa and other bad loans.’

Jalingo has tagged these ‘Simple Question’.

CallyAir has two aircrafts, one is a Boeing 737 – 36Q (WL) with Registration Number: 5N – BYQ and Serial number: 30334/ 3120 which is over 21.4 years old. Both are now grounded in Lagos because of spare-parts issues etc.

CallyAir is a Nigerian start up, registered as a full service carrier with its main hub at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport in the Cross River State capital, Calabar.

She is a Nigerian joint venture between the Cross River State Government, CRSG and DANA Group, under a public-private agreement.