President Muhammadu Buhari has attributed the exponential growth in the aviation sector to investments in Civil Aviation Policies which is centered on liberalisation and Public Private Partnership initiatives.
President Muhammadu Buhari stated this in Abuja while declaring open, the 13th edition of the International civil aviation organisation air services negotiation.
He said capital investments in the sector had prompted increase in airports capacities, growth of domestic airlines and the general growth of the sector.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, the President said Nigeria would continue to champion the cause of aviation safety and security in Africa using the Aviation Security and Human Resources Development Fund plans.
‘‘Nigeria and ICAO is our commitment to the implementation of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices as well as the range of the Organization’s programmes and policies, particularly in the African region. Recently Nigeria made a donation to ICAO voluntary Air Transport Fund in order to be part of global efforts for recovery from COVID-19.”
‘‘We made an equally significant financial contribution to the Safety and Human Resources Development Fund. These has enabled us to develop new skills and expand our horizons in connecting with the growing number of Stakeholders that we would not have been able to reach before.”
The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika said the ICAO event would provide Africa with the opportunity to galvanise agreements to expand their operations for domestic and international routes.
Similarly, the Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Captain Musa Nuhu, expressed hope that agreements reached at the conclusion of the five day event would further facilitate the recovery of the industry from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reporting by Adaku Eneh; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Annabel Nwachukwu