Govt to review aviation policy, says minister
Civil Aviation Policy would be reviewed in order to accommodate the planned policies of this government, which would include a master plan to reform institutions, airports (domestic and international hubs) and national airlines, to provide aviation services.
The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika stated this during the ICAO 2015 World Aviation Forum holding in Montreal, Canada, from November 23 – 25 2015.
According to the minister, “Nigeria, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, will continue to upgrade and develop aviation infrastructure to improve safety and security, thus creating an enabling environment for growth of airlines and other service providers, as well as protecting the interest of end-users.”
In a keynote address, the ICAO President, Dr. Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu, said it was key for the organisation to assist member-states as much as possible with regards to the implementation of ICAO standards and policies.
He added: “Only in this way can we ensure that ‘no country is left behind’ and optimise the socio-economic benefits which derives from safe, secure and reliable air transport in Africa, fully in line with local needs and expectations.”
The Canadian Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, welcomed delegates and solicited greater collaboration and understanding among nations and peoples of the world.
Several speakers, including the Colombian Minister of Transport, the Secretary General of World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), DG of the European Commission as well as China and the U.S. emphasised the connection between the effective implementation of global aviation standards and policies and the socio-economic benefits.
The Nigerian delegation, led by the Minister of State for Aviation included the Acting Ambassador to Canadian, Ja’afar Mohammed Balarabe, directors from the Ministry of Aviation and CEOs of aviation parastatals who provided technical support.