By LAWANI MIKAIRU
LAGOS — Nigeria’s civil aviation sector got a boost yesterday as the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, listed Nigeria as one of the 14 countries in Africa that had achieved effective air safety implementation, above the global average of 61 percent.
According to a statement by Mr. Yakubu Dati, the Coordinating Spokesman for Aviation Parastatals, “This rating is contained in the ICAO 2013 Safety Report, compiled by ICAO auditors who investigated the compliance with stipulated international safety standards by individual countries across the world, especially its 200 member countries.
“The ICAO 2013 Safety Report lends credence to the Category 1 certification granted Nigeria in 2011 by the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, of the United States, for meeting stipulated international standards and practices on safety and security.”
Dati further said this certification also signals the success of the Aviation Master Plan developed by the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah.