The founder and chairman of Azman Air, Mr. Abdulmunaf Yunusa has been elected the new president of the Air Operators of Nigeria (AON).
Abdulmunaf takes over from the Capt. Nogie Meggison, chief executive officer of Jedidiah Air Limited, who served out two terms recently.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday, AON also said the chairman and chief executive officer of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema was elected vice president.
Also elected was the company secretary executive director, business relations of Max Air Limited, Mr. Shehu Wada as the new financial controller.
Besides, the managing director and chief executive officer of Med-View Airline, Mr. Muneer Bankole and the chief executive officer of Overland Airways, Capt. Edward Boyo, were elected as members of the board of trustees.
The annual general meeting also approved the change of leadership nomenclature from executive chairman to president.
In his acceptance speech, Yunusa commended the members for the confidence reposed in him to lead the association.
“It is such an honour to be elected as your next chairman. I am humbled that you placed your confidence and trust in me. As in one of the words of the former President of the United States of America, John Kennedy, I accept your decision with a full and grateful heart, without reservation and with only one obligation: to devote my mind, my thoughts and my spirit to lead our association to the next level.
“As an active member of AON, I am fully aware of all the pending matters and problems facing our association such as the issue of multiple taxation, VAT, and intervention to the airline operators, duty waiver and forex.
“I will like to assure you that I will continue from where the former chairman is today, taking the matter up with all the relevant authorities until we achieve our goals.
“Although it is difficult for an association like AON to solve its problems, we shall do our very best. I am therefore requesting the cooperation and support from each and every one of you to achieve that.
“I will like to thank the former chairman for the success recorded during his tenure and hope that he will always be available to advise and guide us. I will also like to thank the federal government, the minister of aviation…for the cooperation, support and guidance they have been giving to our association and hope that it will also continue during my tenure and beyond.”