Ikeja - The Federal Government on Tuesday
said it would soon review the Nigeria's Civil Aviation Policy to accommodate
the planned policies of the present administration.
This is contained in a statement by the Federal Airport
Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)'s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mr Yakubu
Dati in Lagos.
It said that the Minister of State for Aviation, Capt. Hadi
Sirika made this known while speaking at the International Civil Aviation
Organisation (ICAO) 2015 World Aviation Forum in Montreal, Canada.
The statement said the planned review would include a Master
Plan to reform institutions, airports (both domestic and international hubs)
and national airlines, to provide domestic and international services.
"Nigeria, under the leadership of President Muhammadu
Buhari, will continue to upgrade and develop aviation infrastructure to improve
aviation safety and security.
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"This will create an enabling environment for growth of
airlines and other service providers, as well as protecting the interest of
aviation end-users," it quoted Sirika as saying.
The statement said ICAO's President, Dr Bernard Aliu in his
address, noted that it was necessary for the organisation to assist Member
States in the implementation of ICAO standards and policies.
"Only in this way can we ensure that 'No Country is Left
Behind' and optimise the socio-economic benefits which derive from safe, secure
and reliable air transport in Africa, fully in line with local needs and
expectations," it quoted Aliu as saying.
The statement said the Canadian Minister of Transport, Mr
Marc Garneau, welcomed delegates and solicited for greater collaboration and
understanding among nations and peoples of the world.
It said other stakeholders including the Colombian Minster
of Transport, the Secretary General of World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), DG
of the European Commission, China and the U.S. spoke at the forum.
The statement said they stressed the connection between the
effective implementation of global aviation standards and policies and the
social and economic benefits.
It said the forum drew participants from 99 countries on its