By Ojo Akinsola
Former Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr Harold Demuren has agreed to function as the Lead Speaker at the 23rd League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) Conference and Awards.
Speaking recently with the Conference and Award Committee at LAAC Secretariat at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, Demuren commended the league for the impact it has made on the industry over the years through its annual conferences and seminars.
“I can never forget LAAC, for the role you have been playing putting us, stakeholders on our toes to do the right thing that will help the industry,” he said.
Demuren will be sharing his wealth of experience after years of serving in both public and private sectors of the aviation industry, as he speaks on the conference theme: ‘Boosting Aviation Investment Through Policy.’
Apart from Demuren, other Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) in the aviation agencies would also be part of the panel of discussants where issues relating to the industry would be discussed.
Alhaji Muneer Bankole, CEO of Med-View Airline is the Chairman of the occasion, while major stakeholders especially in the airline sub-sector would also play key roles.
The conference which scheduled to hold on July 17, 2019 at the Raddison Blu Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos would see at least 250 participants from airlines, government agencies, ground handling companies, financial sector, aviation support service and other major stakeholders within and outside the country.
Key stakeholders made up of individuals and corporate organisations who had distinguished themselves in the industry would also be honoured with various awards at the event.
The Honourable Minister of State for Aviation is to function as Special Guest of Honour, while Chief Executive Officers of aviation agencies in the country as well as private service providers would equally play major roles.
Other expected dignitaries include: Mr. Allen Onyema, Chairman, Air Peace Limited; Capt. Roy Ilegbodu, Managing Director, Arik Air; Capt. Hamisu Yadudu, Chief Executive Officer, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN); Engr. Akin Olateru, Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau; Capt. Usman Muhtar, Director General, NCAA, Capt. Roland Iyayi, TopBrass Aviation, Mr. Gbenga Olowo, President, Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative, amongst other stakeholders.
Demuren is an aeronautical engineer with over four decades of experience in the aviation industry.
As Director General of NCAA, he was significantly instrumental to reforms in the Nigerian aviation sector, attaining United States (US) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Category One Certification for airports and introducing safety reforms to enhance professionalism and transparency in both operations and aviation business in the country.
He holds a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Kiev Institute of Aeronautical Engineers in the former Soviet Union and a Doctor of Science degree in the field of gas turbines, specializing in aircraft jet engines, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).