The African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) has announced Adefunke Adeyemi as the new Secretary General of the Commission.
The Special Assistant to the Minister of Aviation, James Odaudu, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
Ms. Adeyemi, whose election as the new Secretary General of AFCAC was announced at the 34th AFCAC Plenary in Dakar, Senegal, takes over from the former Secretary General, Mr. Tefera Mekonnen whose tenure ended in January 2022.
According to the statement, “The Bureau and the Secretariat of AFCAC have the honor to inform AFCAC member States, International Organizations, States Partners and all aviation and affiliated Stakeholders that Ms. Adefunke Adeyemi has been elected the new Secretary General of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC)”.
Adeyemi said, her objective was to build on the progress already made by previous Secretaries 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. This synergy, which must be intentional, will ensure that African aviation survives, grows and thrives for the benefit of Africa and its citizens”, Adeyemi said.
The African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) is the specialized agency of the African Union mandated to oversee matters related to civil aviation across Africa.AFCAC is also expressly tasked as Executing Agency with facilitating, coordinating and ensuring the successful implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision/Single Africa Air Transport Market (SAATM) to liberalize Africa’s air transport industry.
It supervises and manages initiatives aimed at improving Safety, Security, Environment, Human Resources Development, Aviation Training, Aviation Financing, Infrastructure development in the air and on the ground), and much more.