Aviation agency chiefs, airline CEOs, others form panelists at LAAC conference

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The chief executive officers of agencies in the ministry of aviation, airline chiefs, concessionaires in the industry, among others, have been penciled as panelists at the 26th annual conference of the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) slated for July 28, 2022 at Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Ikeja.

The secretary, planning committee of the conference, Mr. Albinus Chiedu, said in a statement that the conference will be held under the theme ‘Sunset Airports: Economic & Safety Implications.’

He disclosed that the minister of aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika and other critical stakeholders, who cut across the airline and ground handling sub-sectors of the aviation industry, had accepted to participate.

The panelists include the director general, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu, the acting managing director, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Mr. Lawrence Pwajok, managing director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, chairman, and chairman, Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema  

Others are the commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria (AIB-N), Mr. Akin Olateru, chief executive officer, Topbrass Aviation Limited, Capt. Roland Iyayi, chairman, Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, Dr Wale Babalakin, among others.

Chiedu also disclosed that the panels will be in two sessions.

According to the statement, the general manager,

MrAIBN’s general manager, public affairs, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi will moderate the first panel while the director of research, Zenith Travels, Mr. Olumide Ohunayo, will anchor the second.

Besides, he said Sirika will be the special guest of honour while the president, Association of Aviation Training Organisations (AATONs), Mr. Bernard Bankole, will chair the event.

“The conference is expected to attract over 250 aviation industry professionals, cutting across the aviation agencies, security agencies, international and domestic airlines operating in Nigeria, aviation support services, travel trade sellers and buyers and other stakeholders.

“Discussions will centre around solutions to the multiple challenges faced by stakeholders in terms of safety and economics as a result of operating sunset airports in Nigeria,” Chiedu said.

He added that there will be both physical and virtual participation in the conference “to enable participation of stakeholders from across the world, while an in-depth communiqué, covering all aspects of the conference would be well-represented.”

The LAAC Annual Conference has over the years, made an unquantifiable impact on Nigeria’s aviation industry by throwing up policy, management and operational issues for public discuss.

This has resulted in tremendously significant evidential changes in Nigeria’s aviation sector.

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