President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja
stressed the urgent need to ensure that the
potentials of Nigeria are harnessed and used for
the good of the country. Receiving the President of the International Civil
Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Dr Bernard O. Aliyu at
the State House, Abuja, President Buhari declared:
“Nigeria needs to work on her potentials, so that
we don’t remain permanently at the level of
potentials. “If Ethiopia is sustained largely by her airline
industry, we have greater potentials here. But we
must move out, engage with the rest of the world,
as we need to re-establish the integrity of this
country. We need to rebuild this country again.”
The President recounted that for the greater part of the last 16 years, oil sold above $100 per barrel but
expressed regret that the nation did n0t have much
to show for it.
“In the First Republic, more enduring infrastructure
was built with meagre resources. But in the past 16
years, we made a lot of money without planning for the rainy day.
“We showed a lot of indiscipline in managing our
economy, and that is why we are where we are
today. But this time round, we’ll do our best.”
Dr Aliyu, the Nigerian-born ICAO president
commended President Buhari for strides on anti- corruption, and urged Nigeria to pay more
attention to development of civil aviation.
“Civil aviation is a catalyst for economic
development. The level of aviation development in
any country mirrors the economic development of
that country,” Dr Aliyu said. The ICAO president pledged to support the
development of the aviation industry in Nigeria,
urging the country to improve on training and
capacity development, aviation security,
aerodromes and air navigation, runways, control
towers, terminal buildings, among others.


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