The FCT Administration, believes one of the major benefits from its massive investments in the completion of ongoing projects would be the positioning of Abuja as a major conference hub not only in Nigeria but in Africa.
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello gave this indication when he received members of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) when the latter paid him a courtesy call in his office recently.
Malam Bello described the Aviation sector as a significant agent in the economic development efforts of the present Administration.
He welcomed news of the International World Aviation Forum scheduled for Abuja for the 20thof November this year, assuring the delegation that the FCT Administration was ready to assist the Forum through provision of logistics support.
The Minister expressed hope that the city would be better positioned to play a good host considering its ongoing efforts to complete critical infrastructural projects that would ease travel in and around the city.
Malam Bello applauded the rising profile of Nigeria’s representative in ICAO – Captain Nuhu Musa, who has risen to the position of Second Vice President of ICAO, saying “you and Amina Mohammed (the Deputy Secretary General of the UN) represent the highest level of international technocrats we have in Africa currently.”
He appealed to them to use their good positions to attract technical know-how, foreign direct investments and business linkages for the overall economic development of the country.
The FCT Minister congratulated the Minister of State Aviation for the wonderful works the Ministry did on the Abuja International Airport by delivering the repair of the airport runway earlier than the six weeks scheduled period repair works.
Leading the delegation, the Honourable Minister of State Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika said the body just rose from a symposium on drones held in Abuja to pay a courtesy call on the host Minister. He noted that unmanned aviation is the new phenomenon where you find crafts flying about carrying luggage, taking photographs or conveying information, adding that it had become necessary to discuss ways and means of effectively regulating them to prevent confusion in the industry.
Senator Sirika further revealed that the symposium was a dress rehearsal for the bigger event – the International World Aviation Forum, scheduled for Abuja from the 20th of November 2017.
According to the State Minister, over 40 countries and 30 ministries of aviation across the word including US, China, Britain, South Africa and others are expected to be in the event adding that this was the first time the Forum is leaving Montreal Canada, its Head Quarters since it was founded in 1944.