Abuja - The President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, has disclosed some partnerships with Nigeria to further enhance the country’s aviation industry.
During meetings with senior Federal Government (FG) officials, including President Muhammadu Buhari, the Aliu, lauded the West African country for its commitment to the sector.
“Civil aviation in Africa is an essential enabler of growth and social development, and ICAO has been very encouraged by Nigeria’s recent leadership and commitments with respect to aviation safety, capacity, security and human resources development,” Aliu highlighted in Abuja.
He said consistent with the principles and priorities of ICAO’s No Country left Behind initiative, ICAO will collaborate with Nigeria towards the enhancement of aviation training capacity here and the upgrading of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) to full status as an ICAO Regional Training Centre of Excellence (RTCE).
The establishment of an Aerospace University in Nigeria has also been proposed.
Buhari was accompanied during the discussions by Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, and other high officials.
Aliu was joined by the Representative of Nigeria on the ICAO Council, Nwafor Emeka Martins, and ICAO’s Regional Director for Western and Central Africa, Mam Sait Jallow.
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Additional topics covered by the senior officials included the need to strengthen the autonomy of Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority and to ensure that revenues accruing from aviation activities are returned to the sector in the form of investments for training and other priorities.
It was agreed that a concrete roadmap and masterplan for aviation development will be put in place as a follow up to the discussions held.
During his mission, President Aliu also met with heads of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, the Nigerian Accident Investigation Bureau and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, as well as the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology.
He visited the new Abuja International Airport terminal project, meteorological installations and weather forecasting facilities, and the Accident Investigation Agency’s laboratories.
- CAJ News