The Federal Government has restated its commitment to pursuing the actualization of the grey component of the current Aviation Sector Roadmap.
This was stated by the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika while declaring open the maiden edition of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) National Aviation Conference (FNAC) with the theme, Advancing the Frontiers of Possibilities for Safe, Secure and Profitable Air Transport.
The event is presently ongoing at the International Conference Centre, Central Area, Abuja. The Minister described the Conference as an avenue to discuss, evaluate, analyse and synergize for the advancement of Aviation in Nigeria.
He reiterated that at the inception of the present administration, the Aviation Sector Roadmap was developed to address the immediate and remote causes of lack of desired growth and efficiency in the sector in Nigeria.
Speaking further the Minister pointed out that some of the key elements such as the National Carrier, Airport Concession, MRO/ALC have reached advanced stages of implementation While Congratulating the FAAN for this initiative, Senator Sirika also expressed a desire that the Conference will be institutionalized as a platform where great ideas that will propel the Nigerian Aviation sector into a global reckoning will be developed, adding that Aviation is a gold mine.
Earlier, the Managing Director (MD) of FAAN, Rabiu Yadudu explained that the Conference aims to present a holistic platform for all stakeholders in the industry to discuss the state of the industry in Nigeria with emphasis on prospects and challenges of the Air Transport industry.
He said that the event will also feature a Trade and Investment section where opportunities for investments at our various airports will be highlighted.
The MD expressed his vision of a time when, rather than sending Nigeria’s human resources and flying machines for training and checks abroad, thereby expending huge foreign exchange in the process, will not only domesticate such activities, but also earn foreign exchange from it when other countries send their machines here for checks and their manpower for training in Nigeria.
Also present at the event are the Senate and House Committee Chairmen, the Airport Council International (ACI) African President, Emmanuel Chaves, Headship of the sister Agencies of FAAN, NCAA, NIMET and NAMA, stakeholders, seasoned professionals in the Industry as well as Captain Bob Hayes the very first Nigerian pilot.
The Conference is slated to continue till Friday 17th, June, 2022.
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