The Federal Government says it will be partnering with the International Civil Aviation Organisation, a specialised agency of the United Nations on aviation, to establish an aerospace university in Nigeria.
The partnership is expected to be through the aviation sector of the Ministry of Transport.
The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, made the announcement on Twitter, through his handle, @hadisirika.
He tweeted, “ICAO to support Nigeria on aviation security, capacity building, employment and internship and establishment of aerospace university. Thanks Mr President and The Secretary General.”
The announcement by the minister came after his meeting with the ICAO Secretary General, Dr Fang Liu, at the ICAO Headquarters in Montreal, Canada.
Sirika had at the fifth aviation stakeholders’ forum in Abuja in November listed the establishment of an aerospace university and improvement in aviation safety and security through upgrade and modernisation of infrastructure and facilities as parts of the aviation roadmap for the country under his supervision.
The ICAO Council President, Dr Olumuyiwa Aliu, had in 2017 stated that the agency would assist Nigeria as it addressed challenges in the aviation industry.
Aliu said ICAO remained committed to supporting Nigeria as it addressed issues in the aviation sector through its ‘No Country Left Behind’ initiative and the ICAO Western and Central Africa Regional Office.
The ICAO and the Federal Government had also agreed that there was the need to heighten preparation and investment in order to sustainably manage the anticipated traffic growth and fully capitalise on the significant progress the country had already achieved in developing its air transport sector.