The President of International Civil Aviation Organisation ICAO Dr Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu has decried the way corruption has eaten deep into the fabric of the nation’s core but expressed optimism that it would be a thing of the past in all spheres of the economy including the aviation sub-sector.
He expressed this hope while speaking in an interview with reporters in Abuja after a dinner organised in his honour by the ministry of aviation, where he stated that with the determination of President Muhammed Buhari to rid the nation of corruption that the country especially the aviation sector will bounce back.
Aliu said that there was no doubt that the sector will be transformed soon especially by pulling ICAO resources together with what is at the disposal of Nigeria to develop the aviation sector.
On the issue of global terror and in direct reaction to what happened in Brussels last week, Dr. Aliu said the organisation has been engaging ministers of aviation globally in discussions in view of recent airport attacks to strengthen security across the globe.
He said aviation security being a sensitive area, will not disclose the strategies to be implemented but he assured of collaborations with Nigeria in order to nip any threat in the bud as security was one of the critical issues in aviation.
According to the ICAO President, “Few months ago, I did send a team to do assessment in Nigeria and also in some neighbouring countries including Chad and Cameron”
Dr Aliu said ICAO was working very closely with the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Zaria to transform the college to a regional training college of excellence as means of capacity building.
He said the level of infrastructural development and implementation has been encouraging.
On his challenges as the ICAO President, Dr Aliu said one of the challenges was to see how to raise the level of implementation of ICAO standard of recommended international practices among member countries not withstanding their level of resources.
Dr Aliu declared that for Nigeria to be a hub, strong indigenous carriers, developed and equipped airports to partner in order to make the country a hub.
“We launched a campaign few years ago so that no country is left behind, the focus of which is to support our developing states, ICAO is an organisation of 191 countries, some are much endowed and some are less endowed. All the member states have to fulfil the same standard and recommended practices there is no short cut. In doing that, we cannot cover the whole 191 states, we have to work with regional offices. In Africa, Nigeria will be the number one candidate.”