Group roots for Aliu as Aviation Minister

The Federal Government of Nigeria has honoured Dr. Bernard Olumuyiwa Aliu by naming him after Akure International Airport.

He was also conferred with the Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) by former President Mohammadu Buhari.

The honour came penultimate Sunday, May 28th, 2023 before the handover to the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

These startling credentials put him ahead of others as the most suitable candidate to steer the ship of the aviation industry in Nigeria at this time.

Dr, Benard Aliu was the former President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council from January 2005 to December 2013.

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Before assuming that position, he was the representative of Nigeria on the ICAO Council. He served as the governing body’s First Vice-President and as Chairman of both its Technical Co-operation and Finance Committees.

Dr. Aliu was the Chairman of the ICAO Council Working Group on Governance and Efficiency (WGGE) and Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the ICAO Comprehensive Regional Implementation Plan for Aviation Safety in Africa (AFI Plan).

Dr. Aliu graduated in 1983 with an MSc. Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Kyiv Institute of Civil Aviation Engineers. He obtained a PhD in 1987.

The erstwhile ICAO boss also holds an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s License with multiple ratings and is an ICAO-certified SMS Instructor. He holds an IATA Diploma in Civil Aviation Management as well as a Graduate Certificate in Air and Space Law from McGill University, Canada.

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Dr. Aliu’s extensive professional experience in civil aviation spans 30 years. He has held various positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of safety oversight, economic regulation, and negotiations of bilateral and multilateral agreements, including as Chief Airworthiness Surveyor, Director of Air Transport Regulation in NCAA at its inception in the year 2000 and Technical Adviser to the Minister of Aviation thereafter.

Dr. Aliu played an active role in the formulation of the National Civil Aviation Policy leading to commercialization, liberalization, and institution of competition and consumer protection programmes in the Nigerian air transport industry.

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Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu

He led the development of the African Civil Aviation Policy (AFCAP) under the auspices of the African Union Commission. Since 1998, he has participated in all sessions of the ICAO Assembly and has chaired numerous international meetings, including the ICAO Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels held in 2009.

Wole Shadare