• Chidozie Uzoezie

Nigeria’s Adeyemi Elected African Civil Aviation Commission Secretary-General

The African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) has elected Nigeria’s Adefunke Adeyemi as its new Secretary-General. This was announced today July 15, 2022 during the 34th AFCAC Plenary meeting in Dakar, Senegal.

The new AFCAC Secretary-General takes over from the former Secretary General, Mr Tefera Mekonnen Tefera, whose tenure ended in January 2022, following which Ms Angeline Simana steered AFCAC as Interim Secretary-General.

According to Ms Adeyemi, her objective is to build on the progress already made by the previous Secretary-General and teams of AFCAC to see a new dawn for change through positive action for AFCAC and African aviation.

“The vision for African aviation is to enable a fully connected, prosperous and united Africa. We have made so much progress and we must stay the course and build on current momentum to strengthen existing partnerships and create new mutually beneficial relationships. We are stronger together and I am fully committed to collaboration, multilateralism and fostering cooperation with all States, partners and relevant stakeholders to move African aviation forward. “We must all work together to tackle the challenges that African aviation has faced and harness the opportunities that abound to translate Africa’s aviation potential into reality. “The time is now. Africa must fully connect, for its own survival and prosperity. Civil aviation must continue to focus on its core areas and also work much closer with the tourism and trade sectors.”

Ms Adeyemi added that the synergy, which must be intentional, would ensure that African aviation survives, grows and thrives for the benefit of Africa and its citizens.

The new AFCAC Secretary-General was the Regional Director for Advocacy and Strategic Relations of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for Africa. She invested about 15 years in the Aviation sector, focusing on bringing value and international standards to the industry within the region.

The African Civil Aviation Commission is an agency of the African Union headquartered in Dakar mandated to develop and regulate civil aviation in Africa.

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