The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika is preparing to host the 10th aviation stakeholders’ forum on March 23, 2023, in Abuja.
This is in line with the established tradition of regular interaction with major players in the Nigerian aviation industry.
According to a statement by the special assistant to the minister on public affairs, James Odaudu, these regular meetings ensure that all industry stakeholders are involved in the development and implementation of programmes and policies that will enhance the industry’s success.
The forum is an interactive session designed to bring together relevant industry players to brainstorm on policies and programmes that will continue to move the nation’s aviation industry forward and make it one of the best in the global aviation community.
It will enable the Federal Ministry of Aviation and all its agencies to have direct contact with important stakeholders in and outside the industry and articulate ideas on the way forward. The forum will also provide an opportunity for stakeholders to express their opinions on the journey so far and ensure that policies and programmes implemented in the aviation industry meet the expectations of Nigerians and contribute to the socioeconomic and national development of the nation.
The forum will seek to provide answers to pertinent questions, provide sensitisation and clarifications on policies and programmes and create awareness of activities of government and non-governmental organisations in the industry.
The forum, expected to be declared open by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, will bring together all relevant industry players, including ministers of finance, budget and national planning, labour and employment, health, agriculture, transportation and environment.
Also expected at the forum are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Accountant General of the Federation, chairman of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), director-general of the Budget Office and the Presidential Committee on Salaries and CEOs of media establishments.
Since assuming office, Sirika has held regular consultations with stakeholders in the industry, including airline operators, labour unions, service providers, regulators etc, especially on the implementation of the Aviation roadmap which was put in place by the Buhari administration.