The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has been named Man of The Year in the Nigeria Aviation Awards (NIGAV)Senator Sirika was adjudged Man of The Year following his contributions to the development of the aviation industry in the country.

This is just as the Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) Prof Mansur Matazu is to receive the Air Transport Data Support Achievement Award.

The award committee of NIGAV, while picking Sirika remarked that the minister has improved on the standard of safety, provision of necessary navigational aid for airports and especially the installation of the runway lights at the 18 L of the Murtala Mohammed Airport runway after over 12 years.

On the choice of Prof Matazu, the NIGAV committee said he was arrived at following voting selections process which lasted for days in which over 14000 people voted online for individuals and organisations.

Professor Mansur Bako Matazau will be two years in office in the agency primarily responsible for providing meteorological data in the country.

According to the Chairman of NIGAV , Mr Fortune Idu, all necessary arrangements have been made to ensure smooth take off of the event as guests, awardees and stakeholders from within and outside the country were expected to grace the event.

He also added that various airlines Crew in the country were jostling to win the King and Queen of the Air competition which has a prize tag of One million naira and will reign for one year.

The competition, he hinted, is being sponsored by Santos Aviation, an American based aircraft interior refurbishment outfit.

The award will take place at the NIGAV Centre Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja, Saturday 4th February 2023.

Meanwhile, one of the awardees, Mr Wilson Egwuatu airport manager Osubi in Warri, Delta State whose airport won the Most promising Upcoming airport of the year, has commended the organisers of the award for being consistent in its awards.

Egwuatu said he was elated with the award adding that the committee did a very good job before arriving at Osubi as the promising upcoming airport in the country

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