Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has said that he intends to increase the level of input of aviation to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to at least, 1%.
He said the contribution to the GDP had grown from 0.4 to 0.6 and that he hoped to increase the GDP contribution by at least 1% in the next one year.
“This industry has a lot for Nigerians and it connects people, nations and markets. One airplane that will come in means 300 jobs. More than that, it is a catalyst growth for the economy of our country and contributes to the GDP,” he added.
Sirika urged members of the public to change their perception about aviation. “There is only one aviation. There is no aviation B. Aviation is universal. It is the same aviation in China, America, South Africa and in Nigeria. We cannot work as island. We must work together because the standards are the same. Anything that affects someone in Niger will affect another person in Singapore. People should desist from seeing aviation as elitist. I use to read on paper and hear on the news that, ‘How many people fly?’ It is not that. If Dangote has employed 100,000 people and he has to travel from one place to another in an aeroplane, it is not him that is travelling, but also the 100,000 workers,” he explained.