ICAO pledges support for aviation industry

aviation• Buhari stresses need for integrity
President Muhammadu Buhari has stressed the urgent need to ensure that the potentials of Nigeria were harnessed and used for the good of the country.

Receiving the President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Dr. Bernard O. Aliyu at the State House, Abuja, yesterday, Buhari declared: “Nigeria needs to work on her potentials, so that we don’t remain permanently at the level of potentials.

“If Ethiopia is sustained largely by her airline industry, we have greater potentials here. But we must move out, engage with the rest of the world, as we need to re-establish the integrity of this country. We need to rebuild this country .”

The president recalled that for the greater part of the last 16 years, oil sold above $100 per barrel but expressed regret that the nation did not have much to show for it, whereas, in the First Republic, more enduring infrastructure were built with even less resources.

“But in the past 16 years, we made a lot of money without planning for the rainy day.

“We showed a lot of indiscipline in managing our economy, and that is why we are where we are today. But this time round, we’ll do our best.”

Aliyu, the Nigerian-born ICAO chief commended Buhari for his strides on anti- corruption, and urged Nigeria to pay more attention to development of civil aviation, adding, “Civil aviation is a catalyst for economic development. The level of aviation development in any country mirrors the economic development of that country,”

The ICAO leader pledged to support the development of the aviation industry in Nigeria, urging the country to improve on training and capacity development, aviation security, aerodromes and air navigation, runways, control towers, terminal buildings, among others.

Aliyu had earlier told Aviation correspondents in Abuja during a dinner organized in his honour by the Ministry of Aviation, that the ICAO to take appropriate measures that would ensure safety at airports, especially against terror attacks.

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