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Civil aviation day: Sirika urges stakeholders to keep faith with aviation sector roadmap

Hadi Sirika must be prosecuted for this affront

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark 2020 International Civil Aviation Day, Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has urged the nation’s Aviation stakeholders to keep faith with the Aviation sector roadmap developed by the government.

According to Sirika, 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 the West and Central African sub-region.

The Minister further asserted 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.

He 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.

The Minister 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 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).

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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 nation’s airspace.

The Minister also used the occasion to reaffirm Nigeria’s unalloyed commitment to the ideals of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and other Aviation bodies of which it is a member.

According to icao.int, after every five years, ICAO council established a special anniversary theme for the International Civil Aviation Day. The theme for International Civil Aviation Day 2020 is, “Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development”. 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 recognized 7 December as International Civil Aviation Day in the UN system.