Aviation Minister, Osita Chidoka Proposes Way Forward For Aviation in Nigeria
In what appears to be a valedictory session, the Hon. Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, has proposed ways of moving the country’s aviation industry forward when he commissioned the Glo-wifi project for the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on May 25, 2015, where he also launched the enhanced security features for ground transportation in Nigeria airports.
These events acted as lead-in to his last briefing of stakeholders in the aviation industry which held at Protea Hotel, Ikeja Lagos the same day.
During the briefing which had in attendance major industry players including airlines operators, senior staff of both the Federal Ministry of Aviation and its agencies, concessionaires and the press, the Hon. Minister gave an account of his stewardship in the last ten months when he has been in the saddle. He gave a state of the agency account, outlining developments in the aviation agencies and finally proposed the way forward which he recommended should guide the in-coming Hon. Minister of Aviation.
Apart from making other recommendations that would serve as a blue-print for the in-coming administration which he hopes should enhance aviation business in Nigeria, he also recommended the report of the Paul Dike Committee for implementation by the in-coming administration. He particularly made proposals relating to the national carrier debate, Aviation Master Plan, the aerotropolis project, performance management and customer service as well as corporate governance of the industry.
It should be noted that this type of briefing is the first of its kind by an Hon. Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This is not minding the fact that the transition is to a completely new government. We believe that this is very exemplary and commendable. Since government is a continuum, we propose that this should henceforth be the attitude of all exiting Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is also noteworthy that the Honourable Minister of Aviation has in the last two months since the result of the presidential election was announced been very consistent with his work. He appears to be determined to complete his projects and leave a legacy for all Nigerians. It is therefore important to place this observation on record and call upon all Nigerians to give kudos to this great progressive of our time.
Please, see the full text of his presentation to the stakeholders as attached which must be accorded serious attention by all players in the Aviation sector in Nigeria and particularly by the in-coming government in Nigeria.