Nigeria has again confirmed her prime place in global aviation as Dr O Bernard Aliu retained his position as President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for a second term in an election in which no fewer than 152 ICAO member states voted at the 39th Assembly of the world aviation regulatory body.
With his election Nigeria will remain a member of the Council for the next three years before another election.
Expressing his elation, the Minister of State (Aviation)
After the election, the ICAO President, Dr. O.B. Aliu paid a visit to the Nigeria office in the ICAO headquarters to congratulate Sen. Hadi Sirika, the Permanent Secretary and aviation chief executives present on the success of the election.
Also, the Secretary-General of African Civil Aviation Commission, AFCAC Ms. Iyabo Sosina congratulated Nigeria, urging the country to put effort in the development of aviation.
According to ICAO, each member state is entitled to one vote on matters before the Assembly, and decisions at these sessions are taken by a majority of the votes cast – except where otherwise provided for in the Convention.
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 should stand for the election. He gave us all the necessary support and it has yielded good result”.
Assuring the country’s role in the sub-region Sirika said, “Nigeria has long ago endorsed the “No Country Left Behind” initiative of ICAO. Nigeria has been supporting aviation industry in the sub-region. We have the 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”.