Nigeria secures ICAO Council seat with historic votes
For the first time, all 152 International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) member states voted for Nigeria to secure Council seat in the Part II category at the on-going 39th Assembly of the world aviation regulatory body.
This means that Nigeria will be a member of the Council for the next three years before another election.
Expressing his elation, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said he felt elated seeing Nigeria taken its rightful place.
In his words of appreciation to Africa and other countries that voted Nigeria into the council for another three years, Sirika said: “I thank them very much and I thank the entire nations that voted Nigeria. Most importantly I thank the Commander-In-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari who in the first place allowed and approved that Nigeria stand for the election. He gave us all the necessary support and has yielded good result.”
Pledging the country’s support to the sub-region Sirika said Nigeria has long ago endorsed the ‘No Country Left Behind’ initiative of ICAO and would continue in the stride.
“Nigeria has been supporting aviation industry in the sub-region. We have Banjul Accord and Bagasso domiciled in Nigeria and headquartered in Nigeria and being funded largely by Nigeria. Nigeria will continue to play the key role in leading aviation in the West and Central Africa,” he said.