TO ensure maximum efficiency, the Federal Government said it had concluded plans to commercialise aviation agencies. Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah-Ogiewonyi stated that the development remained a top agenda of the Federal Government under the present dispensation of transforming all sectors of the nation’s economy.
She noted that ‘‘the option of commercialisation is an agenda all stakeholders in the industry would have to reconsider in order to decide on the best way to run our organisation.” Speaking in Abuja at the weekend at the closing ceremony of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency ‘s (NAMA) retreat, Oduah-Ogiewonyi stated that efficiency and effectiveness of the plan would indicate the growth of an organisation and remain some of the best business indices to measure performance in this century.
‘’So the challenge is if we remain the way we are, are we running an efficient and effective organisation? Are we self-sustaining? Can we measure up to the standards of other Air Navigation Service providers and business models worldwide?’’ she queried.
The minister tasked the agencies to reflect on the challenge in order to determine the way forward for them and other parastatals in the aviation industry.
She, however, noted that some industry experts had raised the issue of safety as an impediment to commercialisation but maintained that there must be a meeting point as other global models still maintain highest industry safety standards.
The minister who was represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Anne Ene-Ita, urged stakeholders to key into the transformation agenda of the present administration which she said was an all inclusive and envisioned Nigeria.
She said further that the President’s transformation agenda “requires sacrifices on everyone’s part as it involves us all to be resolute in foregoing the immediate or short-term satisfaction, pleasure and comfort for the more distant but enormously valuable gains”.
The minister, while envisioning a new NAMA resulting from the gains of the retreat, charged the workers to see the retreat as the elixir for better performance.