Abuja - Senate President David Mark on Friday urged
the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, and other stakeholders to
tackle the challenges facing the aviation sector, in line with global
The senate president made the call when the minister and Dr Olumuyiwa
Aliyu, the newly elected President of the International Civil Aviation
Organisation (ICAO), visited him in Abuja.
Mark noted that although the Nigerian aviation sector was facing
serious challenges, effective strategies must be evolved and adopted to
surmount the challenges.
He, however, stressed that professionalism must be brought to bear in
efforts to address the challenges facing the country’s aviation
industry so as to make it safe and secured.
"Our aviation industry must meet international standard; You (Aliyu)
cannot lead such a global body if your own house is not good enough.
"The current turbulence in the aviation industry should not be a permanent feature.
"It should be resolved as quickly as possible so that we can guarantee safety in the industry.
"In other climes, they also have challenges, mechanical or
otherwise, but they have the capability and capacity to resolve them
"This is how it should be and not waiting for months or years to resolve them,’’ he said.
Mark specifically charged Aliyu to demonstrate good leadership qualities, while representing Nigeria creditably in ICAO.
"Whatever you do positively or negatively will ultimately affect our
nation. You must not let us down; you must be honest, fearless and
"You must sell Nigeria to the outside world; you must improve upon the standard of our aviation operations,’’ he said.
Aliyu was unanimously elected the president of ICAO by the 36 member states of the council on November 18 at the 38th General Assembly of ICAO in Montreal, Canada.
He is the first African to head the 69-year-old global body which regulates civil aviation.
Earlier, Oduah said that Aliyu's election was a reflection of the
global acceptance of the current innovation and transformation in
Nigeria’s aviation sector.