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Minister urges new aviation CEOs to prioritise transparency, efficiency

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The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development , Mr Festus Keyamo, on Thursday urged new Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of the  aviation agencies to prioritise transparency, efficiency and collaboration.

Keyamo gave the advice in Abuja at the inauguration and induction for the newly appointed CEOs and Directors of the aviation agencies.

According to the Minister, prioritising transparency, efficiency and collaboration is necessary to ensure effective public service delivery.

He said collective efforts would build a safe, secured and efficient aviation industry that would focus on making Nigeria a hub that meets international standards.

“The President Bola Tinubu administration plans to focus on optimising and boosting revenue generation for Nigeria’s Aviation industry, and  ensure strict compliance with international regulations and standards.

“Our five-point Agenda is a tool toward achieving the Mandate, Vision, and Mission of the Ministry.

“These include ensuring strict compliance with safety regulations and continuous upward movement of Nigeria’s rating by ICAO,” he said.

Another agenda he mentioned was the development of human capacity within the industry optimising revenue generation for the Federal Government.

“To actualise the five-point agenda for the growth of the Nigerian Aviation value chain, the Aviation Ministry is looking forward to a new phase of partnership and collaboration.

“This includes leveraging on the immense opportunities in the sector to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and joint-venture partnerships with heads of international economic organizations, presidents of transnational,” he said.

Keyamo said that fostering collaboration, embracing change, leading with vision and commitment to excellence would shape the future of the Aviation Ministry.

He reiterated that the CEOs commitment, strive for excellence and service, and expertise would contribute to the growth and success of the parastatals.

The minister said that the approval for leadership changes in the six parastatals under the ministry, was to elevate the standard of Nigeria’s Aviation sector and bolster consumer protection.

 

The reshuffling, announced on Dec. 13, 2023 reflected the President’s commitment to enhancing the well-being of the passengers and all stakeholders in the Aviation industry in Nigeria.

“This event is aimed at bringing together the strategic Management staff of the Ministry and the new chief executives to get to know each other, and work towards the mandate, vision and mission of the Ministry.

“The Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are public institutions through which the government implements its policies and programs.

“The Ministry is responsible for the formulation and management of the government’s Aviation policies in Nigeria.

“It is directly responsible for overseeing air transportation, airport development and maintenance, provision of Aviation infrastructural services and other needs,” he said.

Keyamo said the agencies were burdened with the responsibility of giving meaning to public policies, and programmes for the wellbeing of the people.

According to him, MDAs are permanent institutions that ensure continuity and neutrality in governance, hence the need for the CEOs.

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Aviation sector to benefit from RIDF

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Aviation is set to be part of key economic drivers that will benefit from President Bola Tinubu’s proposed Renewed Hope Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF).

In a statement by Ajuri Ngelale, the fund targets strategic sectors like agriculture, transportation, ports,  energy, healthcare, and education along with aviation.

The initiative plans to inject funds into vital national projects to foster growth, bolster local value addition, generate jobs, and spur innovation.

Efficient use of low-interest loans and financing options will secure advantageous arrangements for project financing and operation.

The focus on aviation enhancement involves modernising major airports nationwide with targeted investments and infrastructure upgrades.

The statement reads, “On aviation enhancement, the focus is on the revitalization and modernization of major airports nationwide. Through targeted investments and infrastructure upgrades, major airports will undergo comprehensive refurbishment, including improvement in terminal facilities, runway expansions, and the implementation of cutting-edge technologies to enhance safety and operational efficiency.”

For agricultural infrastructure, the focus includes developing robust networks like storage facilities and irrigation systems.

In port revitalisation, the goal is to modernise facilities and attract investments to enhance Nigeria’s regional trade hub status.

“By modernizing port facilities and implementing advanced monitoring systems, the goal is to optimize efficiency, attract investments, and bolster Nigeria’s position as a regional trade hub,” the statement read.

Key road projects like Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road aim to enhance connectivity and stimulate economic growth.

Rail projects like Lagos-Kano and Eastern lines will modernise transportation networks for speed and reliability.

President Tinubu’s approval of the RHIDF absorbs the PIDF, expediting project delivery for Nigerians’ benefit.

Projects funded under the RHIDF will have a national spread, reflecting the commitment to equitable development.

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ICAO Aviation security audit team debriefs Nigeria, indicates strong outing

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The Team Lead of ICAO Security Audit Programme, Callum Vine, announced Nigeria’s strong performance during a debrief after its Audit.

Nigeria recently concluded the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Security Audit Programme the continuous Monitoring Approach (USAP-CMA) according to a statement emanating from Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, FAAN, Obiageli Orah.

The USAP-CMA aims to improve aviation security compliance by analysing Member States’ performance and implementation of security standards. It focuses on Annex 17: Security Standards and Annex 9: facilitation compliance, along with associated procedures and security practices.

The event held at NCAA Headquarters saw Vine praise Nigeria’s robust policies and agencies, acknowledging their speed in addressing identified deficiencies without complaints.

He mentioned that the full audit report would be available within 60 days, followed by a 30-day period for comments.

FAAN’s Managing Director, Mrs. Olubunmi Kuku, affirmed using the audit results as a roadmap for continuous improvement.

She urged stakeholders to collaborate closely, share best practices, and uphold the highest security standards in the industry.

The debrief was attended by Dr. Emmanuel Meribole, representing the Minister, and Captain Chris Najomo, Acting Director General of NCAA.

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Arik Air receives Best Sustainable Airline Company award

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Arik Air has bagged the award for  Best Sustainable Airline of the Year,  2024 by the World Quality Alliance and Quality Standards Journal.

The airline’s Public Relations and Communications Manager, Mr Adebanji Ola, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos.

Ola said the award was presented to the airline at the National Quality Summit 2024 held on March 22 in Abuja.

According to Ola, the Award General Committee of the National Quality Order of Merit, said the award was meant to celebrate leadership innovations and creativity in quality management.

Ola noted that Dr Ovie Shaka, Vice Chairman, Organising Committee of the National Quality Order of Merit Awards 2024, explained that the award was aimed at identifying, recognising and rewarding companies.

“The award also aims at rewarding personalities and products that apply quality assurance culture and quality management best practices.”

He said the award was presented by Stanley Ohenhen, on behalf of the Organising Committee and received by Arik Air’s Director of Safety, Capt. Jide Bakare.

Ola quoted Arik Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Capt. Roy Ilegbodu, as saying that the award is another testament of the airline’s fastidious adherence to operational safety standards.

Ilegbodu said Arik Air was committed to continual improvement of the management system and operational performance.

Recall that Arik Air also won the 2023  Best In-flight Service Airline by the Nigerian Aviation (NIGAV) Award.

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