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Aviation sector generates 60,000 jobs in 2012 - FG

By The Citizen
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The Federal Government  said that it generated more than 60,000 jobs in the Aviation sector in 2012.

Briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan at the State House, the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, said that the Council meeting was mostly, devoted to the review of the assessments of progress made in the last 12 months by the Ministries of Aviation and Telecommunication Technology respectively.

Maku said that in a power-point presentation by the Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah, Council was shown the progress of work done in the reconstruction of local terminal of eleven Airports across the country.

The Informtion Minister added that the sector witnessed significant improvement in the installation of highest safety standard equipment comparable to those in any developed countries in the world.

The Minister also disclosed that because of the automation of the airports, there would be reduction in flight times from 2013.

The Aviation Minister also proposed to Council, the expansion of six new international airports in 2013 while the Murtala International Airport Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja would be turned to regional hub of aviation in West Africa.

Maku said the plan to have a national carrier that would be private sector driven was on-going and special cargo terminals would be constructed in some States to promote the agriculture sector.