HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF AVIATION, AS PRESENTED BY THE HON. MINISTER OF AVIATION, SENATOR HADI SIRIKA
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF AVIATION, AS PRESENTED BY THE HON. MINISTER OF AVIATION, SENATOR HADI SIRIKA, AT THE 3RD EDITION OF THE PMB ADMINISTRATION SCORECARD SERIES (2015-2023) IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY, 10 NOV. 2022
- The greatest legacy of the Buhari Administration in the Aviation Sector is the strengthening of the institutions running civil aviation in Nigeria, based on the ICAO standard and in line with global best
- Ethiopian Airlines emerged as the preferred bidder for Nigeria Air because it’s the most qualified in the transparent bidding process.
Partnering with an African airline is in line with African Union's Agenda 2063, especially the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), aimed at creating a single unified air transport market in Africa, liberalizing civil aviation and driving the continent's economic integration agenda.
- The Nigerian Aviation Sector is the second most recovered in the industry, following the development, from the scratch, of the protocols for the safe, secure, orderly restart of the aviation industry after COVID-19.
- The focus of the Ministry of Aviation under President Buhari is how safe, secure and efficient a passenger can depart from point 'A' and land in point 'B'.
- Nigeria has achieved a total radio coverage of its entire airspace.
- Nigeria has now developed the capacity to decode and decipher the ‘Black Box' of aircraft in the event of any air crash.
- The Port Harcourt Airport, which a section of the international media once called the worst in the world, is now the best under President Buhari.
- For the first time in Nigeria's history, the nation’s airports are being certified.
- The capacity building has been ramped up, with the Buhari Administration increasing the budget for training from $500,000 when the Administration came into the office to $8 million.
- A Boeing 737 simulator has been bought and installed at $21 million to further build the capacity of pilots. Also acquired is an automated fire simulator.
- By April 2023, all the road maps outlined for the sector by the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, would have been completed.
The attainment level is currently at 90%. Upon the full implementation of the roadmap, it is estimated that 72,300 jobs (Direct 9,100 and
Indirect 63,200) will be created.
- Five international airports (Abuja, Kano, Enugu, Lagos and Port Harcourt) have been designated as Special Economic Zones.
- Because of the progress made in the sector, Nigeria has been re-elected as a Part II member of the ICAO Council.
- The Accident Investigation Bureau has been upgraded to a Multi-modal Accident Investigation Agency, tagged the National Transport Accident Investigation Board.
- An Aviation Leasing Company, which would be private sector-driven, will be established to address the challenges of limited access to capital and high cost of funds. The ALC will provide leasing opportunities for Nigerian and African airlines to boost fleet size, alleviate the problem of aircraft leasing and high
insurance premium charges.
- The development of Nigeria’s major commercial airports and surrounding communities into efficient, profitable and self-sustaining commercial hubs through increased private sector participation and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) will create jobs and grow local
- The upgrade of facilities at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology led to its designation by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as a Regional Training Centre of Excellence
Credit: Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Nigeria