- As ICAO’s President Pledges to Support Nigeria Aviation Development
Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that there is an urgent need to ensure that the potentials of Nigeria are harnessed and used for the good of the country.
A statement issued on Monday in Abuja by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said Buhari spoke while receiving the President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Dr Bernard O. Aliyu, at the State House, Abuja.
Buhari declared: “Nigeria needs to work on her potentials so that we don’t remain permanently at the level of potentials.
“If Ethiopia is sustained largely by her airline industry, we have greater potentials here. But we must move out, engage with the rest of the world, as we need to re-establish the integrity of this country. We need to rebuild this country again.”
The president recounted that for the greater part of the last 16 years, oil sold above $100 per barrel but expressed regret that the nation did not have much to show for it.
He said. “In the First Republic, more enduring infrastructure was built with meagre resources. But in the past 16 years, we made a lot of money without planning for the rainy day.
“We showed a lot of indiscipline in managing our economy, and that is why we are where we are today. But this time round, we’ll do our best.”
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