By Edith Igbokwe
The League of Aviation and Airports Correspondents (LAAC) has concluded plan to gather stakeholders in the industry and chart way towards reformation of the sector.
The group stated that the stakeholders will be engaged during its forthcoming annual conference to be held in July, this year.
The conference secretary, planning Committee, Mr. Albinus Chiedu, said the conference will make unquantifiable impact on the Nigeria’s aviation industry as experts will proffer solution to the identified challenges in the industry.
Chiedu noted that the committee had already received the approvals of the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, and other critical stakeholders in airline and ground handling sub-sectors.
According to him, Sirika is to take the Special Guest of Honour seat, while the President, Association of Aviation Training Organisations (AATOs), Mr. Bernard Bankole, will chair the occasion.
He stated further that the AIB’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi, is to moderate the first panel, while the Director, Research, Zenith Travels, Olumide Ohunayo, is to moderate the second panel.
Chiedu said the panelists expected at the conference include Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Agency (NCAA), Mr. Lawrence Pwajok, the Ag. Managing Director, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).
Other panelists are Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), ikeja, Mr Akin Olateru, the Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau – Nigeria (AIB-N) and Capt. Roland Iyayi, CEO, Topbrass Aviation Limited, among others.
The Chairman, Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), Dr. Wale Babalakin, Mr. Allen Onyema and other aviation heads would constitute a panel of discussants during the conference.
According to the association, the conference is expected to attract over 250 aviation industry professionals, cutting across the aviation agencies, security agencies.
Chiedu stated that the conference is slated for July 28 and it would throw up policies, management and operational issues for public discuss.
He said all discussions will centre around the theme of the conference “Sunset Airports: Economic & Safety Implications.”
He emphasized that the conference would centre around solutions to the multiple challenges faced by stakeholders in terms of safety and economics as a result of operating sunset airports.
He explained that the result will give birth to tremendous significant evidential changes in Nigeria’s aviation sector.
He concluded the conference would be both physical and virtual to enable stakeholders from across the world covering all aspects of the conference to be well represented.
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