Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has charged players and stakeholders in the aviation sector in Africa to explore the benefits of the “Yamoussoukro Decision” for greater air transport connectivity across the continent.
He gave this charge in Accra, Ghana at the 10th African Air Transport Safety and Security Summit, weekend, noted that safe, secure and efficient customer focused air transport system remained the benefit of sound aviation.
Sirika said connectivity will play a critical role in the development of African economics which can be achieved by implementing the ideas of Abuja declaration that set a target for African airlines to reach world class safety levels by 2015.
According to the minister, “connectivity is vital for African growth and development, supporting about 6.9 million jobs and $80.5 billion in economic activity and hoped that it will closely knit relationship with seamless connectivity between Nigeria and Ghana in the near future.”
He traced the relationship between Ghana and Nigeria to over several decades which has led to the exchange of knowledge and friendship through many bilateral partnerships in the area of personnel training, expertise and information sharing.
He charged airlines to live up to their responsibility of ensuring travellers confidence in the sector though the service provided to the public.