Leadership (Abuja)

23 February 2013

Nigeria: FG Restates Resolve to Implement Aviation Roadmap

The federal government has reiterated its determination to continue with the transformation of the aviation industry, with plans to further improve infrastructure in the sector.

Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, made the pledge in Lagos where she noted that the government had achieved so much within her short term in office and stressed the need to further implement measures which would change the face of the industry.

"A lot has been said already about the milestones we have attained in the transformation drive in the aviation sector. I only need to add that we are just beginning; the mission is far from being accomplished."

The minister who received an award as the Champion Newspaper Man of the Year for her efforts said the award is significant in one profound respect ."It challenges me and my team at the Ministry not to rest on our oars, but to continue to do all we can to expand the frontiers of transformation in the aviation industry beyond what we are seeing today."

Some of the policies the minister is implementing included the Aerotropolis venture which will result in the infrastructure developments around the airports that will make most of the airports in Nigeria viable due to the improved commercial activities.

Also, the memorandum of understanding (MOU) the ministry signed with the China will result in the construction of 11 new airports of which six will be for perishable exports, with construction planned to start this year.

Oduah who acknowledged the support of President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Assembly in the implementation of government policies in the industry, stressed that "we shall remain resolute in our implementation of the aviation road map and other polices of government geared towards giving a new lease of life to the industry.

She further called on industry stakeholders to support the efforts to build enduring structure in the aviation industry which remains the engine of economic growth for any nation.

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