…Say Air Transport A Tool For Integration
… It Is The Beginning Big Relationship As We Integrate West Africa
The Governments of Côte d’ ivoire, Guinea and Senegal have hailed Nigerian carrier; Med-View Airline for commencing flight operations into French speaking West Africa counties on Friday.
This is just as they described air transportation as a unification tool for the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS).
The comments by the three countries followed the commencement of flight operations into Abidjan, Conakry and Dakar with its Boeing 737-500, as part of its expansion drive.
Speaking in Abidjan, the President, Allan Quattara re-stated the importance of integration, adding that the Nigerian airline has become a veritable tool to bring Africans together.
Quattar, who was represented by General Manager Autorite Nationals de l’aviation civile (ANAC), Mr. Sinaly Silue, wished Med-View airline the best in its efforts at integrating Africa.
According to him, “I hope Med-view will be our company and as it is evident you are bringing people together and we cannot do that without transport, especially air transport. This is how we should build Africa, your concern is our concern and our concern yours. We can learn from each other and Med-view is fostering that.”
In Conakry, officials of the Guinean government expressed similar sentiments, adding that the airline was entrenching the Yamoussoukro Declaration of 1987 by opening the route and bridging the gap.
Speaking at Conakry, Ambassador of Guinea to Nigeria, Gaossou Toure described Med-View as a dynamic airline capable of bringing the liberalisation of airspace to fruition.
“The aim of the company is to integrate the ECOWAS and the chairman has explained that air transport is a passion for him and that Guinea is happy to open West Africa, Africa and the rest of the world,” The Ambassador said.
On his part, the Nigerian Ambassador to Guinea, Bala Mohammed Baniga, who received the airline, described Med-View as an airline that HSS achieved great things through diligence on the path of its management.
According to him, “For Med-view to fly to Guinea three times a week is a welcome development. We used to fly any airline but I am proud today we can fly our own, Med-view has broken the monopoly. I solicit that Guineans emulate management of Med-view and also invest in Nigeria.”
Responding, the Managing Director of Med-View, Alhaji Muneer Bankole expressed optimism at the smooth pace the integration was happening through the liberalisation of the airspace.
According to Bankole, “The founding fathers, who set up ECOWAS to integrate all members into one family had vision and a plan. We are making that come to fruition. This is the beginning of a big relationship as we are going to integrate all of West Africa.”