- As Minister expresses FG’s resolve to implement roadmap
MEMBERS of the National Assembly have said that they would be supporting airport development with the right legislative backing stating that although there are many challenges in the sector, they look at the ACI-Africa Conference to provide a resolution for them in the long run.This is just as the Minister of State, Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika has said government was committed to the full implementation of its roadmap for aviation development.
In separate good will messages to the 59th Airport Council International (ACI-Africa) Board and Regional Committee Meetings, Conference and Exhibition yesterday at the Oriental Hotel Lagos, Senator Bala Na’Allah the Majority Leader and Chairman House Committee on Aviation Honorable Nkieruka Onyejeocha expressed the determination of the NASS to play its part.
Senator Na’Allah who opened the floor expressed joy at the conference stating that it has gone a long way to putting Nigeria on the global aviation map for all the right reasons stating that though there are challenges, the conference has identified them and has put up a resolve to implement.
“The theme is apt and part of our challenges we have identified and they are how to create sustainable African airports. The challenges have been clearly identified and we will use this forum to map out strategies. The Senate would be happy to have the conference resolve the challenges. The west has gone far in airport operations and have been able to harness that for their development but in truth we must be innovative.”
Also speaking Honorable Nkieruka Onyejeocha stated that no matter what advancements be made, they must carry us (National Assembly) along.
“It is very clear that aviation in Nigeria is on the right track and we are thinking for the future. From the parliamentary perspective, we have always supported the sector knowing that if you do the right the sector can contribute. If you get it right this brings transformation, it brings employment; food on the table, add to the Gross Domestic Product of the economy. We want to ensure that whatever we do has legislative backing.”
On the implementation of its roadmap for aviation development, Sirika noted that several infrastructural gaps needed to be close and called on private investors to partner with the government.
He assured that the government would collaborate with private investors, international aviation bodies and other governments on the continent to improve aviation in Nigeria.
He added: “The full implementation of our projects will improve efficiency, service standards, economic base and curb capital flights. Our roadmap for aviation is on course. I assure that Nigeria will cooperate with member states to further improve aviation practice on the continent.”