The Nigerian Government on Tuesday said it would support Bernard Aliu, the Council President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, for another term in office.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria and signed by its General Manager (Corporate Affairs), Yakubu Datti.
The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, gave the pledge when he visited Mr. Aliu at the ICAO headquarters in Montreal, Canada.
According to the statement, Mr. Sirika was accompanied on the visit by the Acting Nigerian Ambassador to Canada, Balarabe Mohammed, and top officials of the Nigerian aviation industry.
“The Federal Government is supporting your second term bid because you have nurtured the organisation in your role of being an enabler for the development of international civil aviation,’’ the statement quoted Mr. Sirika as saying.
The minister told Mr. Aliu that his candidacy would further enhance friendship and understanding among nations and peoples of the world.
Mr. Sirika cited some of Mr. Aliu’s laudable projects such as “No Country is Left Behind’’ policy, aimed at providing more direct assistance to states, especially the developing countries.
It said that the minister promised to leverage on the Office of the President-in-Council, to deepen development in the nation’s aviation industry.
Mr. Sirika urged Mr. Aliu to continue to take his job in the organisation as a worthy ambassador.
Mr. Aliu, according to the statement, responded by congratulating Mr. Sirika on his appointment and expressed confidence that he would bring his experience as an aviation expert to bear in his office.
Mr. Aliu called for the upgrading of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, into a regional institution in the African sub-region, promising to support such initiative.
Mr. Aliu is the first African to head the global body which has a membership of about 200 countries.