February 3, 2023



FG targets $14.16bn annual contribution to GDP

Hadi Sirika

Buoyed by the profitable implementation of its roadmap tasks, the federal authorities is concentrating on to develop the aviation sector’s contribution to the nation’s gross home product (GDP) by 5 %, approximating $14.166billion, yearly.

The sector at present contributes 0.6 per cent or $1.7 billion to the nation’s economic system.

Briefing senior editors on the actions of his ministry below the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration from 2015 to 2023, Thursday, Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, stated with the large transformation within the sector within the final 7 years, “the nation has efficiently debunked the gospel reality that aviation doubles each 15 years.”

Reiterating the cardinal precept of the ministry to incorporate security, safety and effectivity, the minister stated, “the variety of airports at present in Nigeria, together with these being developed, has doubled; the passenger quantity has quadrupled, different entrepreneurships together with catering and floor dealing with has blossomed, variety of airways and jobs has doubled.”

He famous that when the current administration got here into energy in 2015, the aviation trade skilled main challenges, a few of which have been unemployment of execs, shortage of overseas alternate, budgetary constraint, sustainability of waiver on plane and spares, decaying and ageing infrastructure and out of date tools, poor and insupportable circumstances of airport amenities and tools, in addition to blocked airline funds.

He defined: “We’ve got been working to scale back them to the barest minimal. Consequently, the aviation roadmap was developed and graciously permitted by Mr. President on October 18, 2016, which incorporates, the nationwide service, airport concession, Upkeep, Restore and Overhaul Centre (MRO), Aviation Leasing Firm, Agro-Allied Cargo terminals, in addition to Aerospace College, and so forth.

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“The roadmap tasks are being undertaken via Public Non-public Partnership (PPP) and the Ministry has been working very intently with Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Fee (ICRC) to make sure we’ve a reputable and clear course of.”

Sirika stated these efforts have been already yielding huge returns. 

“In 2015, the entire passenger determine was eight million. With the implementation of some facets of the roadmap, the passenger determine grew to about 18 million in 2019, making aviation the quickest rising sector of the nationwide economic system pre-COVID-19 pandemic,” he stated.

He stated in a bid to realize a protected and safe air transport system, “the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has achieved the general security and safety, operations, personnel coaching and documentation to satisfy world requirements by the not too long ago concluded ICAO Common Security Oversight Audit Program (USOAP) held in March 2016.

Apart from, he stated the Federal Govt Council mandated the Ministry of Aviation to carryout far-reaching reforms via an aviation road-map, saying:  “The road-map incorporates tasks like the development of recent worldwide terminal buildings in Murtala Mohammed Worldwide Airport, Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe Worldwide Airport, Abuja, Mallam Aminu Kano Worldwide Airport, Kano, Port-Harcourt Worldwide Airport, Omagwa and Akanu Ibiam Worldwide Airport, Enugu.”

Talking on the landmark achievements of the ministry, Senator Sirika listed “the availability of 45 carry-on baggage screening machines; 40 hold-on baggage screening machines ; provision of 15 cargo screening machines in addition to the availability of 4 3D physique scanners.

“Additionally, 6 fireplace tenders have been refurbished along with full upkeep of 36 fireplace tenders, perimeter fencing and operation street building and upkeep at Ibadan, Kaduna, Jos, Sokoto, Yola, Enugu airports.

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“For the development of passenger consolation, facilitation and expertise at our airports, FAAN has carried out the transforming of terminal buildings nationwide; with 9 of the terminals accomplished, whereas others are at superior levels of completion.”

On the Accident Investigation Bureau, the minister stated: “This administration has launched 57 remaining accident/severe incidents, 4 security Bulletins and issued 149 security suggestions to the general public since 2017. The Bureau has now revealed a complete of 76 stories and issued 242 Security Suggestions since inception in 2007.”

He stated the Bureau had additionally included the usage of drones to help as one of many many ever-evolving strategies in accident investigation.

On the outrage towards the alternative of Ethiopian Airways as the popular bidder for Nigeria Air, Sirika stated there was nothing incorrect with the transaction, describing the Ethiopian aviation sector as probably the most sturdy in Africa.

“Ethiopian Air is the one African airline to realize 1 billion US Greenback revenue; and  the corporate was allowed to bid for the administration of the brand new Nigeria Air due to its sturdy enterprise and stability within the sector.

“Nigeria Air Ltd carrying the flag of Nigeria doesn’t imply it should belong to Nigeria. There have been full misconceptions in regards to the possession of the service. Whereas the federal government of Nigeria owns 5 per cent, different stakeholders maintain 46 per cent of the enterprise totalling 51 per cent,” he stated.