Abuja - Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, hailed the election of Dr Olumuyiwa Aliu as the new President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) as a landmark event.
She alluded to the fact that Aliu is the first African to head the international civil aviation body. He was elected on Monday.
“The election of DrAliu is another historic moment for Nigeria's aviation sector, coming shortly after the historic signing of the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) with the State of Israel. I want to dedicate this victory to Mr President (Goodluck Jonathan), who not only nominated Dr Aliu for the position, but also gave his full support for his candidature from beginning to the end. This victory would not have been possible without his full interest in Nigeria's aspiration to lead the global aviation body. My congratulations go to him, the government and people of Nigeria and Dr Aliu himself,” the Minister stated.
Aviation Ministry Permanent Secretary, Dr George Ossi who led the Nigerian delegation, thanked all member states and Council members for their support and election of Nigeria's candidate.
“'On behalf of His Excellency, Dr GoodluckEbele Jonathan, GCFR, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah, the good people of Nigeria and indeed Africa, I wish to thank you all for the support and election of Dr Aliu as the new President of the Council',” he said.
– CAJ News