The President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation Council, Salvatore Siacchitano, has restated the commitment of the organisation to partner with Nigeria in the establishment, provision of funding and faculty of the African Aviation and Aerospace University in Abuja.
According to a statement by the Special Assistant to the Minister of Aviation, James Odaudu, the ICAO President gave the assurance when Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika led the country’s delegation to the 41st General Assembly of the organisation to his office at the ICAO headquarters in Montreal, Canada.
According to him, ICAO would always be part of every effort geared towards addressing the manpower needs of member nations in order to service and manage the ever-expanding Aviation industry, adding that Nigeria’s decision to establish the university was a welcome development.
He said the University would represent a new channel for the training of professional managers for the industry, especially within the African region, being the first of its kind in the continent.
He, therefore, promised to personally visit the site for the University during the forthcoming ICAO Air negotiation event being hosted by Nigeria in December, adding that the visit will give him a clearer picture of the immediate needs and the level of participation of the organisation.