Festus Keyamo, the newly appointed Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, has pledged to revamp Nigeria’s aviation sector, addressing long-standing infrastructure issues. As he assumes office, stakeholders are urging him to focus on improving airport infrastructure and implementing reforms.
One of the key challenges Keyamo faces is the legacy of his predecessor, Hadi Seriki, who left several issues unresolved in the aviation sector, including the controversial launch of the national carrier, Nigeria Air. Stakeholders believe Keyamo should prioritize infrastructure improvements and sector-wide reforms over the national carrier project.
Keyamo has already taken action by suspending the Nigeria Air project and airport concessions. During a visit to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, he announced these suspensions, emphasizing the need for transparency and public engagement in his tenure.
While Keyamo appreciates the progress made in the sector under the previous administration, he intends to address areas that require improvement. He emphasized his commitment to transparency and putting the interests of the Nigerian people first.
Stakeholders in the aviation industry have expressed their expectations for Keyamo’s tenure. They stress the importance of capacity development, engagement with industry players, and regular stakeholders’ meetings to drive reforms and growth in the sector.
Keyamo’s appointment has been welcomed by various industry figures who believe he will bring truth, equity, fairness, and justice to the aviation industry. They express hope that he will focus on successful airport concessions and policies related to flag carriers while reviewing bilateral air services agreements.
Overall, the aviation sector is looking to Keyamo to address infrastructure challenges, improve transparency, and implement reforms that will enhance the industry’s efficiency and safety.