Nigeria’s Airports Authority seeks sustainable development of Aviation sector
Tanimu Hassan Abuja
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has begun a four-day National Aviation Conference with the theme Sustainability of the Aviation Industry in Nigeria, as part of efforts to boost aviation industry’s contribution to the Nigerian economy.
The Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation Mr. Emmanuel Meribole, said the aviation industry has made remarkable achievements in contributing to the nation’s economy under President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration despite the economy challenges facing the Country
Mr. Meribole added that numerous projects were embarked upon, including several runway Constructions and rehabilitation projects, and the completion of new international terminals, also, the deployment of world class safety and security equipment and facilities procured for airports amongst others.
In his welcome speech, the Managing Director, is Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Captain Rabiu Yadudu said aviation has become a critical business in Nigeria and the world at large, and Nigeria is committed to the sustainability of the sector by transforming it, to meet world standards.
“Our primary aim of creating and institutionalising this conference is to provide unified platform for all industry Stakeholders to come together, with a view to discussing challenges militating against the growth and development of the nation’s aviation industry, as well as proffer viable solutions to such challenges.”
“It is our intention to use this forum to highlight available investment opportunities in the industry, in order to attract prospective investors, who are desirous of making great returns on their investment.
The Chairperson, Senate committee on Aviation, Senator Biodun Olujimi assured the Stakeholders and investors that the Senate would ensure to make laws that would help grow the aviation sector.
During the opening of the conference, stakeholders in the aviation industry identified some challenges facing the industry such as high cost of ticket, issues of Aviation fuel, frequent strikes by the Aviation Unions and the maintenance of aircraft are among the critical issues expected to be addressed.
Also the conference would continue to serve as an open market, or meeting point for the private sector to tap into a world of opportunities to invest and achieve return on their investments.