AVIATION stakeholders have commended the recent emergnce of the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engineer Saleh Dunoma as the President of Airport Council International, African region (ACI-Africa) last week.
Dunoma was elected last week during ACI-Africa conference in Maputo, Mozambique.
Reacting to his election, industry consultant and CEO of Belujane Konsult, Chris Aligbe said that Dunoma’s election signified the high rating and confidence ACI-Africa has on the FAAN boss and their acknowledgment of the pivotal role Nigeria is playing in the air transport industry in Africa.
“The election of Dunoma signifies that Africa still have hope in Nigeria. It is not because we have some of the highly rated airports in Africa, but Africa still believes that Nigeria is in a position to make a difference, so the election is an incentive to Nigeria to contribute more to the development of aviation in Africa,” Aligbe said.
The aviation consultant also observed that “it is due to the strategic position of Nigeria that Nigerians are heading very important organisations in Africa and beyond, noting that Dr Bernard Olumuyiwa Aliu is the President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council; a Nigerian is the Secretary General of Africa Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), Iyabo Sosina, the President of Afrexim Bank, Dr Benedict Okey Okoroma and now the election of Dunoma as the President of AFI-Africa.
“Africa has high expectation of Nigeria and the continent wants us to be in the lead and we should ensure that we don’t disappoint them. The continent has inspired us so we can no longer stay behind,” Aligbe said.
Also, the media consultant to FAAN on ACI-Africa, Yakubu Dati, in his reaction after the emergence of Dunoma said, “By this election, Dunoma has made history as the first Nigerian to preside over the body made up of 62 members, operating 250 airports in 47 countries throughout the African continent.”