Good morning, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Aviation, Directors of the FMA, Chief Executives of the Aviation Parastatals and Agencies, aviation experts, colleagues in the aviation industry, stakeholders, the press, ladies and gentlemen.

It is with a high sense of humility that I welcome every one of you to the Stakeholders’ Workshop on the proposed amendment to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. CARs), organized by Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

The powers of the NCAA to regulate civil aviation in Nigeria are captured throughout the Civil Aviation Act 2006. Section 30 of the Act empowers the Authority to make regulations on all aspects of civil aviation matters. As required by Article 37 of the Convention on International     Civil Aviation (Adoption of International Standards and Procedures), these Regulations are made to cover and domesticate all ICAO Standards that are contained in the relevant Annexes.

The Stakeholders’ Workshop is in accordance with the obligation imposed on the Authority in Sec 30(12) of the Civil Aviation Act 2006 which states that “in the exercise of its power to make regulations under this section, the Authority shall consult with stakeholders including airlines, aerodrome operators, air traffic control service providers, consumers and other relevant bodies and organizations in the aviation industry. I know you are all well represented at this workshop.

Stakeholders are invited to note that some of these amendments are already captured in Orders 1 and 2 that were issued to the industry in the third quarter of 2014 before Nigeria’s FAA CAT 1 recertification. The proposed amendment is the first holistic amendment to the Nig. CARs since inception.

I am optimistic that during these three days of deliberation, the aviation professionals and experts present in this auditorium will assist the Authority to derive a near perfect regulations for the advancement of Civil Aviation in Nigeria.

Distinguished participants, once more, I heartily welcome you all to this august occasion. Have a very fruitful deliberation.

Thank you.