Minister of state for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has called for the implementation of the Abuja Declaration to improve safety in the continent just as he opined that connectivity within the African continent will play a critical role in paving the way for the declaration’s implementation.
He made this known in Accra, Ghana at the 10th African Air Transport Safety and Security Summit held at the Best Western Premier hotels over the weekend where he urged players and stakeholders in the aviation sector in the continent to explore the benefits of the Yamoussoukro Decision for greater connectivity across the Africa continent.
According to Sirika, connectivity will play a critical role in the development of African economics which can be achieved by implementing the ideas of Abuja declaration that set a target for African airlines to reach world class safety levels by 2015.
(R – L) Capt. Talba Alkali, Director Of Safety, Federal Ministry Of Aviation (FMA)
representing the Honourable Minister of State for Aviation, Capt. Hadi Sirika,
and Honourable Awwal Tukur, Former Chairman,
House of Reps. Committee on Aviation.
He said, “Connectivity is vital for African growth and development, supporting about 6.9 million jobs and $80.5 billion in economic activity and hoped that it will closely knit relationship with seamless connectivity between Nigeria and Ghana in the near future.
Senator Sirika, who was represented by the director of safety in the ministry, Captain Taba Alkali, traced the relationship between Ghana and Nigeria to over several decades which has led to the exchange of knowledge and friendship through many bilateral partnerships in the area of personnel training, expertise and information sharing.
Sirika further commended the Ghanaian ministry of transport and the professionalism of the highest standard exhibited by the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority in allowing the implementation of the Yamoussoukro decision between Nigerian and Ghana.
He noted that significant progress has been made in the Abuja declaration with airlines meeting deadline but stressed the need for synergy between government regulators and operators to ensure that goals were achieved.
Describing air transport as the most efficient and effective means of transportation for people and high value low volume goods for the West African continent stressed the need for improved infrastructure, upgrade facilities and trained personnel to the highest level of proficiency and professionalism
He charged airlines to live up to their responsibility of ensuring travellers confidence in the sector though the service provided to the public.