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Aviation CEOs, others to converge on Lagos for the 27th LAAC Annual Conference

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All is now set for the 27th edition of the annual conference of the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC), which holds on Thursday, July 27, 2023 at the Providence Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

Creme d’ creme of the aviation industry are expected to attend and participate in this all important annual gathering.

Theme of this year’s conference is ‘Aviation Industry: Changing Times, Changing Strategies.’

The Chief Executive Officers (CEO’s) of major aviation agencies and organisations will be among the members of the panel of discussants at the event.

Some of the CEOs include, the Director General, Civil Aviation, DGCA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, Mr. Kabir Mohammed, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engr. Tayib Odunowo; Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and Barr. Allen Onyema, Chairman of Air Peace.

The Director General, Civil Aviation, DGCA,  Capt. Musa Nuhu, would present the keynote address, while two other CEOs would present papers at the conference.

Also part of the panel discussants are, Mr. Bernard Bankole, Group Managing Director of Finchglow Travels who is also the Chairman of Association of Aviation Training Organizations (AATOs) in Nigeria and Dr. Gabriel Olowo, President of Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ASRTI).

Other key dignitaries that would participate at this year’s conference are Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Group of Companies, Prof. Mansur Matazu, Director-General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Dr. Emmanuel Meribole, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Aviation.

Also expected are Dr. Obiora Okonkwo; Chairman, United Nigeria Airlines; Capt. Alkali Madibbo, Rector, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, Grp. Capt. John Ojikutu; CEO Centurion Aviation Services Lltd, Mr. Ikechi Uko, Publisher, Travellers Weekend, and many other key stakeholders.

No fewer than 250 aviation industry professionals cutting across the aviation parastatals, security agencies, international and domestic airlines operating in Nigeria, aviation support services, travel trade sellers and buyers in Nigeria’s aviation industry are expected to participate at this year’s conference.

In a joint statement signed by the Chairman, LAAC Conference Committee Mr. Chinedu Eze and  Secretary, Mr. Albinus Chiedu said this year’s conference was informed by the emerging changes in approach to aviation business as regards technology, airline management and operations, financing and other aspects of the aviation industry.

The statement hinted further that the programme would feature key presentations from Engr. Akin Olateru, the Director-General, Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) and Capt. Roland Iyayi, the CEO TopBrass Aviation and a panel session to address issues bedeviling the sector in line with the theme.

The statement added: “Aviation and allied business organisations have taken the advantage of sponsorship opportunities presented by this event to sell their products and services. This 2023 edition presents yet another opportunity.

“There shall be both physical and virtual participation in the conference to enable participation of stakeholders from across the world.

“Individuals and organisations that have distinguished themselves in the industry on performance shall equally be honoured with Awards at the LAAC Awards of Excellence segment.”

About LAAC 
LAAC is Nigeria’s aviation media umbrella body saddled with the responsibility of ensuring effective media coverage and practice in the aviation industry.

The LAAC annual conference has over the years made an unquantifiable impact on Nigeria’s aviation sector by throwing up policy, management and operational issues for public discussion. 

This has resulted in tremendously significant evidential changes in Nigeria’s aviation sector.

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