The Nigerian Civil Aviation Policy would be reviewed, the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen Hadi Sirika, has disclosed, away from the failed “Aerotropolis” policy introduced by the Goodluck Jonathan administration when Stella Oduah was minister of Aviation.
That old policy ended in disaster, with remodelled airports that sometimes looked worse than before the work by Oduah was started, and billions of naira unaccounted for.
Oduah ended up buying two unbudgeted BMW cars for N255 million in a country where most people are stuck in squalor and hopelessness. She was removed as minister but ended up in the Senate to make the same laws she could not respect herself.
Despite the fraud, some people in Oduah’s Igboland staged protests in Enugu State, claiming that their sister who filled the industry with her kinsmen, should be left alone, because after all those who were there before her did exactly the same thing.
The new policy, the Minister said without giving details, would include a Master Plan to reform institutions, airports (domestic and international hubs) and national airlines, to provide domestic and international services.
“Nigeria, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, will continue to upgrade and develop aviation infrastructure to improve aviation safety and security, thus creating an enabling environment for growth of airlines and other service providers, as well as protecting the interest of aviation end-users,” the Minister said at the ICAO 2015 World Aviation Forum holding in Montreal, Canada, 23 – 25 November 2015.
“In a keynote address, the ICAO President, Dr Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu said it was a key goal for the organisation to assist member States to the fullest extent, possible with respect to the implementation of ICAO standards and policies,” said a statement by Yakubu Dati, the spokesperson of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.
“Only in this way can we ensure that ‘No Country is Left Behind’ and optimize the socio-economic benefits which derive from safe, secure, and reliable air transport in Africa, fully in line with local needs and expectations,” Aliu who is Nigerian was quoted as saying.