Aviation minister urges stakeholders to keep faith with FG’s roadmap

Aviation minister urges stakeholders to keep faith with FG’s roadmap

Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika has urged stakeholders to keep faith with the Federal Government’s roadmap for the development of the aviation sector, as the world marks the 2020 International Civil Aviation Day.

The minister, in a statement by the ministry’s Director, Public Affairs, James Odaudu, in Abuja on Monday, said that the roadmap was developed to serve as a catalyst for the comprehensive overhaul of the aviation industry in Nigeria.

“This is to position the country as an air transportation hub within west and central African sub-region.

“The roadmap includes the establishment of a national carrier, the establishment of a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility, the concession of some airports, the establishment of an Aviation Leasing Company, among others,” he said.

According to him, this will lay a solid and lasting foundation for aviation development in the country.

Sirika also assured Nigerians that the implementation of the roadmap, in line with the theme of the International Civil Aviation Day (ICAD), remained on course, adding that the results would become obvious in due course.

The minister also affirmed that safety and security had remained at the centre of government policies in the aviation sector since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

He noted that government’s efforts had been lauded by all, including the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC).

Sirika appealed to all players within the industry to join hands with the government to ensure the realisation of the lofty objectives of the roadmap for the benefit of Nigerians and all users of the nation’s airspace.

He reaffirmed Nigeria’s unalloyed commitment to the ideals of the ICAO and other aviation bodies, of which it was a member.

The theme for International Civil Aviation Day 2020 is “Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development” and the Day, which is celebrated annually on Dec. 7, was established in 1994 as part of ICAO’s 50th anniversary activities.

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