Nigerian Emerges First African President of ICAO Council

ICAOA Nigerian, Dr Olumuyiwa Babatunde Aliu, has been elected President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). He is the first African to head the world body.

He was elected on Monday at the 38th Assembly of the organisation in Montreal, Canada by an assembly consisting of 172 countries. Aliu received full support from the Federal Government.

The Minister of Aviation Stella Oduah led the Nigerian delegation to drum support for the accomplished Aliu who has built invaluable goodwill among ICAO member countries’ representatives. This massive support for Nigerian representative as membership of ICAO Council by the international aviation community confirm the recognition of the increasing strength of Nigerian aviation industry.

The Minister, while in Canada last month, paid a courtesy call on the out-going President of the Council in his office as part of the strategy to secure his continuous support for Nigeria and also hosted several bilateral meetings with delegates of United States, the European Union and several others.

Accompanied by Director Generals and CEOs of Nigerian aviation parastatals, the Minister garnered support and pledges from many countries and regional groups, as well as international aviation stakeholders, such as Airport Council International (ACI), International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Shared from Federal Ministry of Information, Nigeria.

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