Tuesday 16 April 2013

Nigeria will continue to play key roles in African aviation - FAAN

Aviation Nigeria

The Nigeria aviation industry will continue to play key roles in aviation development in the continent as demonstrated by its massive infrastructural investment in airport developments.

This was stated by the Managing Director of Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Mr. George Uriesi while speaking to newsmen at the meeting of the Airports Council International, African region, holding in Morocco.

According to a statement by the FAAN General Manager, Corporate Communications Yakubu Datti, “Mr. Uriesi who spoke passionately on the remodeling project going on in Nigeria said aviation holds the key to enormous opportunities for massive economic growth and development in the region.

He elaborated on the designation of airports as regional hubs to maximize their potentials and that the development of cargo ports is aimed at opening up the country to benefit from its full potential as an Agro-allied economy.

According to the MD, “the obstacle removing leadership provided by the Nigerian Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah has re-positioned the country as a serious global player ready to occupy its pride of place”.

He said the conference falls within the framework of the initiative launched by ICAO and ACI to promote safety and has allowed stakeholders to contribute proactively to the requirements of a safe and secure air transportation system. Furthermore, the conference is meant to sensitize participants on the importance of runway safety and the importance of collaboration among all stakeholders in the air transport chain.

The statement also noted that 2 directors from FAAN, Capt Henry Omeogu and Hajia Salamatu Eluma, in their presentations gave useful insights to progress made in FAAN and Nigeria in general. Mr Peter Onyeri while delivering a paper on runway safety, enumerated on the efforts and strategies for a sustainable safety in the African sub region.

The ACI Africa which is referred to as the voice of African airports leads represents and serves the African airport community, has membership of 50 African countries in the sub region.

The conference was supported by major industry players namely, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ association (IFATCA), the Civic Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) and other organizations of the air transport industry.


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