MONTRÉAL, 18 November 2013 – The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced today that Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu of Nigeria has unanimously been elected as the new President-elect of the ICAO Council. He will officially take over the reins as ICAO Council President beginning 1 January 2014, for a three-year term. Dr. Aliu is a graduate of McGill University's Institute of Air & Space Law.
“I am very grateful to my distinguished colleagues on the ICAO Council for their support and recognition,” Aliu remarked. “Aviation today faces many challenges but its role in expanding tourism and market access has never been more important to modern society and to the local, regional and global economic players who rely so significantly today on safe and dependable air transport connectivity. I will look forward to working with my Council colleagues over the next triennium, with the support of the ICAO Air Navigation Commission and Secretariat, as we seek to address aviation’s key areas of priority.”
Dr. Aliu has served for the past eight years as the Nigeria's representative on the ICAO Council. Prior to that, Dr. Aliu was Director of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority’s Air Transport Regulation Directorate, and Chairman for the formulation of African Civil Aviation Policy under the African Union.
Dr. Aliu becomes only the fifth President of the ICAO Council in the almost 70-year history of the International Civil Aviation Organization, which is responsible for the Convention on International Civil Aviation and more than 10,000 international civil aviation standards contained in the Convention’s Annexes.