The Minister of State Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has commended organisers of Nigeria Aviation (NIGAV) Awards, saying that the award has helped to boost healthy competition in the Nigerian aviation industry.
Senator Hadi Sirika also called on workers in the system to improve their performance in order to move the sector to its desired heights.
Sirika who was represented at the 7th Nigerian Award 2016, held in Lagos recently by the Commissioner of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Engr. Akin Olateru, declared the 2016 NIGAV Awards open, saying that the award has contributed positively to the sector in particular and the country as a whole.
“The awards have become a catalyst for quality service delivery among competing categories of NIGAV service awards in Nigeria, including airport management, aeronautic and non-aeronautic services, media, hospitality, airlines, sundry aviation support vendors, lounge services, shuttle services, agencies and institutions, to mention but a few.
“It has also over the years, helped to boost healthy industry among the players in the system. It has also promoted service delivery and instill a culture of adherence to best practices.”
He emphasised that hard work, dedication, forthrightness in compliance with safety and security regulatory requirements of the industry, and a customer centric attitude, were what the aviation industry required to keep and guarantee the flying public’s safety.
In his remarks, the Chief Convener of the award programme, Mr. Fortune Idu said that the awards were designed to identify, recognise and motivate individuals and organisations that have brought remarkable changes and improvements to the industry through works and acts that added value to aviation development, air transport service delivery and safer air travel.
He added that the selection process was though public opinion either sent through email or filled out in the form.
The highlight of the event was the honouring of different agencies, organisations and individuals for their contribution towards the development of aviation industry in 2016.