Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority of Nigeria (NCAA), Dr Harold Demuren last Monday urged the Federal Government to provide modern technology in the various airports across the country to meet with the growth of air passenger traffic.
Speaking at the seminar organised by the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport 2 Chapter with the theme: Transformation Agenda, Emerging Opportunities. Dr. Demuren said that Nigeria could only compete in the global aviation industry if it has the powers to provide modern technologies to facilitate the movement of the travelling public.
Dr. Demuren who was represented by the Director of Airworthiness Standards, Engineer Patrick Ekunwem stressed that countries like China, India and other notable countries of the world were currently using modern technologies in their aviation industry which has contributed immensely to the growth of their economy.
He said: “Recently, China announced plans to pour a total of 1.5 trillion yuan, roughly $228 billion into its aviation sector over the next five years. This will include the construction of 11 new commercial airports and acquisition of 290 new planes in 2011 alone.
“ India’s rise in recent years is a most prominent development in world economy. It is not unconnected with the fact that India is stepping up public investment and has been actively engaged in involving private sector to meet the growing demand.”
He, however, noted that it was vital that the government utilises aviation to fuel economic growth especially now that most countries are effectively using commercial aviation to further their national ambitions. According to him,”Nigeria has been experiencing a significant and enduring trend of increases in commercial airline passengers, freight and aircraft operations.
Almost all the major cities in Nigeria have been interconnected through efficient airline services. You can depart Lagos to Abuja, proceed to Sokoto and come back to Lagos the same day.”
He further stressed that air transportation is the major means of transportation in the 21st Century adding that Nigeria would be one of the 20 largest economies by the year 2020 if the country put air transportation in its front burner.
He said: “This is why it is heart-warming and commendable that our Honourable Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah,is obviously pursuing the transformation agenda of the Federal Government by the widespread rehabilitation of the major airports in Nigeria.
Let me reiterate that Federal Government cannot do this alone. As earlier shown, the required investment is beyond public sector resources. There is urgent need to attract diverse sources of capital”.