President Muhammadu Buhari says more investments will be deployed to the provision of infrastructure and facilities for safe, secure, environmentally-friendly and sustainable civil aviation.
The President, who received the Secretary General of International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO, Mr. Juan Carlos Salazar, at the State House, said Nigeria will support the ideals and aspirations of ICAO and achievement of its strategic objectives, in collaboration with other member-states of the organisation.
He explained that Nigeria had ratified international air law instruments like the Montreal Protocol and amendments to some articles of the Chicago Convention.
The President said Nigeria wass also championing the cause of Aviation safety, security and facilitation in Africa.
The President told the ICAO delegation that he had approved the establishment of Aerospace University in Abuja to cater for research and development as well as provide manpower for the industry.
According to the President, Nigeria is looking forward to the continued support of ICAO under its ‘No Country Left Behind’ initiative.
President Buhari also noted that the government had established independent agencies to enhance aviation safety and security, while ensuring effective and efficient provision and management of infrastructure in all aspects of the industry.
He said those agencies included the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority for safety and Economic Oversight of the industry, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency for air traffic services; the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria for management of government-owned airports, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency for meteorological services, and the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, the nation’s main aviation training organisation, established in 1964 in collaboration with ICAO and the United Nations Development Programme.
President Buhari said Nigeria was fully committed to working with other states and support the implementation of the Global Aviation Safety Plan, the Global Air Navigation Plan, as well as the Global Aviation Security Plan.
Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Marian Benjamin