In furtherance of its objective to position the Nigerian Aviation Industry for effective and innovative service delivery in the sector, the Federal Ministry of Aviation in collaboration with International Partners for Aviation Development, Innovation and Sustainability (iPADIS) is organizing a two-day High Level Ministerial Meeting on Enhancing Air Transport Connectivity and Growth in West Africa.
Director General NCAA Captain Musa Nuhu, in a press statement from his office disclosed that the high Level Ministerial Meeting is aimed at retooling and repositioning the Aviation sector within the region to contend with present and future challenges.
He will deliver a welcome and introduction address while the official opening will be conducted by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Aviation, Engr. Hassan Musa.
The event tagged: Enhancing Air Transport Connectivity and Growth in West Africa is scheduled for Wednesday, 17th and Thursday, 18th March, 2021.
The virtual/online ministerial meeting will be attended by member States Policy Makers, Air Transport experts, Aviation Professionals and other Stakeholders in the Sub-region.
The event will also see high profile resource persons as well as participants brainstorm in the all- important event comprised Ministers, DGs/CEOs of Aviation Agencies, Tourism, Public Health and Border Control Sectors from Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and contracting States.
Others are Heads of international and regional organizations, including International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), World Health Organisation (WHO), International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airport Council International (ACI), African Union Commission (AUC), African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), Africa Airlines Association (AFRAA), African Air Traffic Management Organisation (ASECNA),Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Heads of civil society and media organisations, etc.
Meanwhile, Founder and President of International Partners for Aviation Development, Innovation and Sustainability (iPADIS), Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu will deliver keynote address.
The first day which will witness meeting of Experts led DGs of Civil Aviation will consists of five (5) sessions. The discourse will centre on Pre-COVID challenges to air transport development in the West African region; challenges and risks that encumbered the development and implementation of solutions at national levels; current and future impacts of pandemic on air connectivity; strategies and sectorial synergies that are required for air transport growth; and adoption of conclusions and recommendations.
On the other hand, Day 2 will be officially opened by Honourable Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika. Meanwhile, welcome and introduction will be done by Engr. Hassan Musa, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Aviation.
Afterwards there will be Presentations, discussion of the report of the experts meeting and adoption of recommendations and conclusions towards Regional Action plan.