As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the 2020 International Civil Aviation Day, the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has urged the Nation’s Aviation stakeholders to keep faith with the Aviation Sector roadmap developed by the government.
According to him, the roadmap was developed to serve as a catalyst for a comprehensive overhaul of the Aviation Industry in Nigeria so as to position the Country as an air transportation hub within West and Central African sub-region.
He further said that the roadmap which includes the establishment of a National Carrier, establishment of a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility, Concession of some airports, establishment of an Aviation Leasing Company, amongst others, will lay a solid and lasting foundation for Aviation development in Nigeria.
Sirika also assured Nigerians that the implementation of the roadmap, which, according to him, is in line with the theme of the ICAD, remains on course and that the results will become obvious in due course.
He also affirmed that safety and security have remained at the centre of government policies in the Sector since the inception of the current administration and that its efforts have been applauded by all, Including the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC).
He 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 Nigerian’s airspace.
The Minister also used the occasion to reaffirm Nigeria’s unalloyed commitment to the ideals of the ICAO and other Aviation bodies of which it is a member.
He noted that after every five years, ICAO’s council establishes a special anniversary theme for the International Civil Aviation Day and that the theme for International Civil Aviation Day 2020 is, “Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development.”
He disclosed that the council has decided to keep the same theme until the year 2023.
International Civil Aviation Day was established in 1994 as part of ICAO’s 50th anniversary activities. In 1996, pursuant to an ICAO initiative and with the assistance of the Canadian Government, the United Nations General Assembly officially recognised 7th December as International Civil Aviation Day in the UN system.
The purpose of International Civil Aviation Day is to help generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation to the social and economic development of states, and of the unique role of ICAO in helping states to cooperate and realise a truly global rapid transit network at the service of all mankind.