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FG to boost aviation sector

The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has assured that the Federal Government is determined to create the right atmosphere for aviation business to thrive in the country.

He gave the assurance while speaking at this year’s summit and awards of the Association of Foreign Airlines and Representatives in Nigeria in Lagos with the theme: “Unlocking potentials in the aviation industry through Safety”.

Senator Sirika who was represented by his personal Assistant, Dr. Ibrahim Idris noted that Nigeria remained a major force in aviation due to her population on the continent, adding that the position had not changed as there have been records of steady improvement and this would continue in this new dispensation.

According to the aviation minister, the government was working round the clock to see the sector’s roadmap was strictly followed.

He listed areas of success to include upgrade of Nigeria College of Aviation Technology, NCAT into an International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO Regional centre of Excellence and review of Civil Aviation Policy and Acts.

Others are restructuring of Aviation Parastatals and employment policies on the Enforcement of expatriate quote.

Senator Sirika stated that the industry was positioning to take its rightful place as one of the most critical components in relation to the growth of the nation’s gross domestic product, GDP.

He added that the changing nature of aviation practice demanded constant review and thus, governments target remained to make air transport service not only enjoyable but safe and secure.

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