Thursday, December 8, 2022

Nigeria Re-elected Into ICAO Council 

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L-R: The South African Minister of Transportation, Mrs. Fikile Mbalula, Immediate past president, ICAO Council, Dr. Bernard Aliu, Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika and Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Canada, Amb. Adeyinka Asekun at the independence reception held in Montreal, Canada.

Nigeria has won her re-election bid into the second part of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council on the same day she marked her 62nd independence anniversary over the weekend. 

Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the Minister of Aviation, James Odaudu stated this in a statement made available over the weekend.

The re-election which took place at the plenary session of the ongoing 41st General Assembly of the organisation in Montreal, Canada, saw Nigeria garner 149 votes to be elected for the 15th consecutive time. 

Reacting to Nigeria’s victory, Minister of Aviation and leader of the Nigerian delegation to the Assembly, Sen. Hadi Sirika said the increased number of countries that supported Nigeria showed her rising profile amongst member nations.

He expressed appreciation for the support that the aviation sector has continued to enjoy from President Muhammadu Buhari which has resulted in the numerous achievements being celebrated by the global aviation community. 

The minister described the election as “an icing on the birthday cake” for Nigeria, as the election took place on her independence anniversary.

Also speaking on the re-election of Nigeria into the second part of the ICAO Council, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, Amb. Adeyinka Asekun congratulated the minister and all whose contributions resulted in the achievement. 

He said it was a thing of pride for him as an individual and the High Commissioner to be part of the double celebration for the nation, the election and the Independence Anniversary happening on the same day. 

As part of the celebrations of the country’s independence, the Nigerian Mission, led by Sirika, treated delegates from all over the world at the assembly to a reception.

Oluchi Okorafor
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