Nigeria ready to lead Africa in aviation, says Amaechi

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The Federal Government of Nigeria, on Monday, reiterated the need to play brotherly a role among all Africans to help build the sub-region economically.

The Minister of Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, made this known, while receiving a member of the World Meteorological Organisation Mr. Roberts O. Masters, who paid him a courtesy visit, on behalf of the world agency, to ascertain the position the Federal Government on citing the African version of the World Meteorological Organisation in the country.

While responding to the request made by the visitor, Amaechi, pledged the Federal

 Government’s readiness to play a leading role in Africa, stating that Africa was actually lucky to have a country like Nigeria in the region.
His words: “I am actually happy to see you make this visit in having the Nigerian Government’s consent in vying for this office. I know, as much as you do, that this country is playing a leading role across all sectors, in Africa, and I am assuring you that this will not be left out. I am going to present this issue before the Federal Government and to ensure that such office is cited here.

The Director General, National Meteorological Agency, Dr. Chijioke Anthony Anuforo, pointed out the importance of the WMO office being sighted in Nigeria. He said that Nigeria having attained the International Standard Organisation (ISO) certification, that she stood a better chance of getting the office ahead of other African countries, who have declared interest in having the office.

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According to Anuforo, there were other benefits, like educational opportunities, such aviation schools, facilities, creation of employments for Nigerians, as well as playing hosts to other African nations, which would be a major boost to the country’s aviation industry and the economy in general.

Anuforo said that Masters’ visit would be followed by the WMO inspection team that would soon be in the country to inspect the level of internet provision, road network, land mass and electricity provision.

He expressed belief in the ability of the Federal Government, which has held such opportunities for African countries trying to play brotherly role in rescuing the continent from serious challenges. The countries that are vying to unseat Nigeria at the World Meteorological Organisation, include, Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia, Egypt and Tunisia.

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