After the screening of forty-three ministers by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, the President, during the inaugural ceremony of these ministers at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, pronounced Senator Hadi Abubaker Sirika the Minister of Aviation.
Senator Sirika was first appointed to this office in 2015 as the Minister of State (Aviation) under the Ministry of Transport, where he was expected to apply his expertise in developing strategies that will positively impact the Nigerian aviation industry. During this time, he showed his expertise while handling major projects such as in renovating the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, which took six weeks; purchasing a modern firefighting simulator which is to be installed at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) and facilitating the part payment of the pensions of defunct Nigerian Airways staff, among others. He has also successfully hosted the ICAO World Aviation Forum (IWAF), and can reportedly boast of an excellent track record on IOSA and ICAO safety audits. It was also during this period that NCAT rose to the status of ICAO’s Regional Center of Excellence. Under his watchful eye, the Abuja and Lagos airports have finally been certified.
While many of his observers and well wishers celebrate his successes and now his reappointment, his promotion provides the minister with a golden opportunity to use in order to carry on unfinished projects and to continue to deliver on any promises made to the Nigerian public.