Nigeria’s Aviation Success Story Cannot Be Written Without LAAC’s Contributions, Says NCAA
The Director-General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu says the success story about aviation in Nigeria cannot be written without the contributions of members of the League of Airport & Aviation Correspondents (LAAC).
Speaking today at the opening ceremony of the 2022 one-week LAAC training course held at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, Nuhu who was represented at the event said “you will agree with me that the media is critical to the growth of global aviation. The press is the Fourth Estate of the Realm. In other words, the fourth arm of government. This reference was derived from both explicit capacity of advocacy and implicit ability to report issues. You have been with us in this journey and you have been worthy partners. Every success story about aviation in Nigeria cannot be written without the contributions of all of you.”
“One of your many contributions is the LAAC Annual Conference which has provided, and still providing veritable platform over the years for stakeholders to converge and dissect pertinent contemporary aviation issues with a view to proffering workable solutions that will move the industry forward. In my opinion, this training is an indication of that spirit of camaraderie that had existed (still existing) between NCAA and LAAC.
The media, particularly LAAC has provided platform which has helped in projecting activities and laudable achievements of NCAA to the public vis-à-vis our oversight functions. Your day-to-day reportage has shown that most of you have a deep knowledge of aviation and its goings-on,” Nuhu added.
He appealed to all industry stakeholders including the media, to join hands with NCAA to ensure a successful Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) Continuous Monitoring Approach (CMA) slated to be conducted by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in the first quarter of 2022.
“From now on, all your reports are very sensitive. Let us eschew sensationalism capable of putting the nation in bad light. Therefore, I will advise anyone to endeavour to verify and confirm his/her stories before publishing, if in doubt. It is my view that your watchdog role plays a very important part in fostering stability in the industry,” he said.
In his remarks, the Chairman of LAAC, Mr. Olusegun Koiki expressed gratitude to the management of NCAT, NCAA and the various aviation agencies in Nigeria for their contributions to the success of the programme over the years.
“The year 2022 is still relatively young and it provides another opportunity for Nigeria as a nation to make progress as regards aviation development. LAAC wishes to use this forum in the spirit of patriotism, to appeal to the various stakeholders and aviation authorities in Nigeria to show more commitment towards overall development of the sector,” said Koiki.