ICAO honours Nigeria for aviation security

Sandra Ugboaja

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Nigeria has been awarded by International Civil Avaiation Organisation (ICAO) for its commitment towards achieving aviation security and ICAO best practices.

The Nigerian government’s effort in transforming the Aviation sector received global recognition as the country was presented with the ICAO Council President’s Certificate on progress in solving Aviation security and oversight deficiencies and its Commitment to the effective implementation of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices.

Presenting the Certificate to Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika during the opening ceremony of the 40th Triennial Assembly of the International Civil Aviation organisation (ICAO) in Montreal,  Canada,

ICAO’ s President, Dr Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu said the Certificate was in recognition of the contribution of deserving member states to the improvements in global aviation safety and security.

He said the recognition was meant to encourage the countries to do more, while spurring others to step up their own efforts in promoting the security and safety of their respective air spaces which will ultimately translate to better global aviation security standards.

In his response,  Senator Hadi Sirika expressed  delight that the achievements recorded by Nigeria in the area of Aviation Security and Oversight Deficiencies has been recognised and applauded by the world aviation governing body, saying that the recognition was a challenge to him and all the players in the nation’s aviation industry to do more.

According to him, the heights were attained through  the commitment and support of President Muhammadu Buhari to the transformation of the country’s aviation industry, noting that the government’s  focus on safety and security since its inception had started yielding the desired results.

Senator Sirika commended the ICAO Council for monitoring and  giving recognition to developments in member states and promised that Nigeria would remain committed to the ideals and objectives of the Organization.

The Council President’s Certificate was awarded to sixteen (16) out of 193 member nations.