Assisting airlines overcome challenges a priority-Keyamo


  • Minister, Akume laud Idu

The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Mr. Festus Keyamo has lamented the harsh economic environment in which Nigerian airlines, reiterating that one of his Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) centres around assisting the carriers to overcome their economic woes.

He emphasised that the aviation sector is a gateway for investments and that it is the sector on which other Ministries must rely.

From left, Chairman and Founder, Nigeria Aviation, (NIGAV), Fortune Idu, representative of the SGF, (George Akume) Mr Ifiok Bassey, Director General/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA), Capt. Chris Najoma, Winner, 2023 Queen of the Air, Miracle Okechuckwu of Value jet and Minister of Aviation and Aerospace, Festus Keyamo at the unveiling of 2023 Queen of the Air held at the International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

Speaking to journalists at the Nigeria Aviation Award (NIGAV) held on Thursday at the Lagos airport, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development,

Keyamo adopted five Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), which include strict compliance to safety regulations within the sector; support for the growth and sustenance of local operators; improvement of infrastructure within the sector; human capital development and optimisation of revenue generation within the sector.

He stated that despite the tough environment they operate, the government and Nigerian travellers still hold them to the highest standards.

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The Minister had been very vociferous about flight delays and cancellations, which many carriers are guilty of, promising that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) would take decisive actions against such carriers, putting travellers through harrowing experiences.

The Minister further stated that the current administration understands and appreciates the importance of the aviation sector in fast-tracking development, hinting that it had begun to empower the industry by investing heavily in infrastructure go give it a safe backbone to operate and encourage public-private partnerships.

He commended the organizer of the event, Mr. Fortune Idu saying the NIGAV award recognizes and rewards the positive contributions of all, from the highest-ranking staff of the Aviation Ministry to the most junior officers in the various sub-units of the aviation industry –airports, airlines, airspace, weather, aviation training, insurance, contractors, and consultants among others.

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Secretary to the Federal Government, Senator George Akume noted that Nigeria’s aviation, over the past years has sustained development and safe operations, adding that this can only be credited to all the industry players from the Ministry to the most junior officers in the various sub-units of the aviation industry.

His words, “Today, the present administration wants to maintain a high level of safety records and improve travel confidence and the sector’s general performance, which require our collective continued support, dedication and adherence to standards.”

“Aviation will continue to play a significant role in the centre of Nigeria’s economic development, and under the government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’ Renewed Hope Agenda, this vital instrument of development is primary in our national economic planning. This is why a very vibrant and energetic Minister, Festus Keyamo has been appointed to lead the industry. We are very pleased that so far, his performance is on course for the overall interest of the aviation industry and nation.”

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Akume stated the sector’s role, stressing that aviation as one of the fastest-growing sectors in Nigeria will play a significant role in the African Continental Free Trade Initiative, where Nigeria is expected to play a leading role.

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“The success of aviation development in Nigeria is a work in progress and will continue with great patriots like you, from the retired officers who have laid the foundation to the current young professionals who are making sure the industry continues to offer safe air transport facilitation.”

Wole Shadare