The Minister of Aviation, Mr Babatunde Â Â Â Omotoba, said in Lagos on Tuesday that the International Civil Aviation Organisationâ€™â€™s recommendations on regulatory standards would enhance safety in Nigeriaâ€™s airspace.
Addressing participants at a forum organised by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Organisation (NCAA), the minister said government was committed to safetyin the countryâ€™â€™s airspace.“The key word for growth in the aviation industry is safety.
Safety is a prerequisite for sustaining growth in the sector. Safety is a top priority, not just in Nigeria, but in the world,â€™â€™â€™â€™ he said.Omotoba, who described the forum as central to achieving efficiency in the sector, said government had spent enormous funds to ensure safety in the nationâ€™s airspace.The minister, represented by the Managing Director, Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Alhaji Ibrahim Auyo, however, stressed the need for the country to improve its air navigation system to meet the ICAO standards.“We need to improve our air navigation system in order to meet the international standards,â€ he added.ICAOâ€™s Deputy Regional Director for Western and Central Africa, Mr Mam Jallow, said ensuring aviation safety and security was part of the organisationâ€™s strategies to sustain the confidence of travelers.He said poor implementation of international aviation standards was one of the factors hindering growth in Nigeriaâ€™â€™s aviation industry. “We will continue to support and facilitate the implementation of all aviation regulatory standards to ensure safety in Nigeriaâ€™â€™s aviation industry,â€ he said.