President of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Dr Bernard Aliu has sounded a note of caution to Nigeria stating that with the fast growing passenger, aircraft movement backed by increased projection in 2030, there was need to strengthen safety and security.
Dr. Aliu made this known earlier in the day while addressing heads of aviation parastatals in Abuja and union members from Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), emphasizing that growth in traffic globally does not mean growth in accident rate.
The ICAO President, who is in his homeland Nigeria for an official visit, explained that with double traffic projection in passenger and aircraft movements in 2030 globally, said there is need to strengthen security and safety across the globe warning that doubling of traffic and passengers movement should not be doubling of accidents.
The ICAO President assured Nigerians that the country’s aviation will not be left behind adding that every open item as discovered during the just concluded audit will be closed for better results.
On capacity building and introduction of technology, Dr. Aliu noted that evolving technologies and new trends are fast taking over the air transport industry and advised aviation agencies in Nigeria not to relent in human capacity development.
According to Dr Aliu, technology is constantly changing and with all the facilities and navigational aids in place without a trained workforce, there will be no development stressing that human capacity development must be the key word.
“Training, training, training is the word in aviation and new technology must be handled by trained personnel in order to remain in business”
He further commended the unions for the industrial harmony existing between them and management of parastatals saying it will foster development of the industry.
Earlier, the president of Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria ATSSSAN, Comrade Benjamin Okewu said it was pride and honour to have a Nigerian as the president of ICAO.
Okewu explained that with Dr Aliu’s position, that Nigeria has been rightly placed in the World map saying he has been collaborating with them at the International Transport Federation ITF.
Okewu expressed optimism that Nigeria will scale through at the just concluded ICAO audit adding that Nigeria though not occupying its rightful position, but will soon attain its position.
The general secretary of the National Union of Air Transport Employees NUATE, Comrade Olayinka Abioye on his part, said aviation family in Nigeria will support the second bid of Dr Aliu as ICAO President.Due
Abioye noted that since he became the ICAO President, that there have been significant changes in the sector especially with the review of various acts setting up agencies.