BY JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU & JOSEPH ERUNKE, Abuja
Senate President, David Mark on Friday told the Minister of Aviation Princess Stella Oduah to be professional in handling matters in the sector so as to meet up with the international standard
Senator Mark who gave the admonition when he received the aviation minister who was in courtesy visit to his office told her (Oduah) to rise up to the challenges facing the sector and not to fold hands waiting for months before solving them so as to make it safe and secured.
He noted that there were challenges facing the Nigerian Aviation sector but the challenges were surmountable .
The Senate President said” Aviation Industry in Nigeria must meet international standard . You cannot lead such a global body if your own house is not good enough. The current turbulence in the Aviation industry should not be a permanent feature. It should be resolved as quickly as possible so that we can guarantee safety in the industry.
“In other climes, they also have challenges, mechanical or otherwise, but they have the capability and capacity to resolve them quickly. This is how it should be and not waiting for months or years to resolve them.”
Advising the newly elected President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, the global body that regulates civil Aviation Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliyu, who was part of the entourage Mark charged him to demonstrate leadership and represent Nigeria creditably.
He told Aliyu that whatever “you do positively or negatively would ultimately affect the nation. You must not let us down. You must be honest, fearless and courageous. You must sell Nigeria to the outside word . You must improve upon the standard of operation.”
Aliyu, the first African to head the 69 year old organization, was elected president of ICAO by 36 member states of the council on November 18, 2013 at the 38th General Assembly of the organization in Montreal, Canada.
Speaking earlier, the Aviation Minister Oduah, briefed the Senate President on the journey to the election of Aliyu to the world body saying that all other contestants to the sit stepped down for the Nigerian candidate on account of his rich credentials.
Princess Oduah said that Aliyu’s election was a manifestation of new innovations and transformation in the Aviation sector.