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NCAA, others laud Aliu's election as ICAO president


The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority(NCAA) and other stake­holders in the industry have expressed satisfaction on the election of Dr. Olumuyiwa Babatunde Aliu as the first black man to be elected president of the
International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Council.

Aliu was elected at the 38th Assembly of the mem­ber countries and he is the first black man to head the world body.

Speaking yesterday in Lagos, the Director-General, NCAA, Dr. Fola Akinkuotu expressed: "On behalf of the Management and staff of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), I wish to express our profound congratula­tion to you on your elec­tion as the fifth president of the International Civil Aviation Organization Council (ICAO)."

"We are very proud to be associated with your suc­cess and achievement in the Aviation terrain as you emerged the first black African president of the ICAO Council in the almost 70-year history of the spe­cialised United Nations avi­ation agency".

He added, "while the agency is responsible for the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention) and the over 10,000 international civil aviation standards contained in the con­vention's annexes, we are especially elated that you were appointed from NCAA where you were our pio­neer Director of Air Transport Regulation (DATR)."

Reacting to the election of Aliu, the Managing Director of the Nigeria Airspace
Management Agency (NAMA), Nnamdi Udoh said that it signals the approval rating of all the efforts put in place by the federal gov­ernment to improve air transport in Nigeria.

"The election of Aliu is another major positive development in Nigeria's aviation sector. It shows the world is seeing the progress being made in the

Projects should scrutinise the industry over the years and it also shows that while we attack ourselves at home, the world is taking cognizance of the improve­ment going on in our coun­try's aviation sector," Udoh said.

Industry consultant and the Chief Executive Officer of Belujane Konsult, Chris Aligbe described Aliu's elec­tion as very good development for Nigeria and said that over the years the world community had not seen Nigerian aviation as having improved until the last six years when govern­ment started making tremendous efforts toward improving safety in the air­space.

"So today, the standard of the aviation sector is above

He also maintained that the world average and in Africa we can hold our shoulders high. Now, we have incidents and occa­sional accidents but in the past aircraft were dropping from the sky due to poor infrastructure. Those things have been taken care of. The air traffic con­trol has improved; we have radar which helps to give the pilot the right course to his destination and our weather prediction has improved tremendously," Aligbe said.

Aircraft Engineer of Centre for Aviation Research and Safety, Sheri Kyari said that Aliu's election is good for Nigeria and         for Africa. which would create awareness for other African countries to improve air safety.

"The election of Aliu as the president of ICAO Council is good for us as a country and for Africa. His being there will bring more confidence to African aviation. He will also pressure Africa countries to sit up and key into the global avi­ation growth projection by IATA and ICAO. He might also bring about the employment of Africans into ICAO Departments," Kyari said.

Nigeria joined ICAO in 1960 and was elected into the Council of ICAO in 1962 as a Part II member State and the country has since remained on the Council and has continued to pro­mote the interest of Nigeria and Africa on the Council as well as con­tribute to the sustainable development and growth of civil aviation in the region.

Aliu has been represent­ing Nigeria at ICAO since 2005 and he is highly
experienced, having worked in all the areas of civil aviation, so he will bring his invaluable and vast experience to bear on his new position.

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