Nigerian born Adefunke Adeyemi recently clinched the position of African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) Secretary General thus putting Nigeria on the aviation global stage after years of remarkable career spanning two decades in the industry.
Her election was announced by the Bureau and the Secretariat of AFCAC notifying member States, International Organizations, States Partners, and all aviation and affiliated stakeholders of her new status to pilot the affairs of the body on the African continent.
The AFCAC scribe election took place at the 34th AFCAC Plenary in Dakar, Senegal where she took over from the former Secretary General, Mr. Tefera Mekonnen TEFERRA whose tenure ended in January 2022, following which Ms. Angeline Simana steered AFCAC as Interim Secretary General.
In her remarks, Adefunke said “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 the 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.”
Adeyemi told members that “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.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Adefunke Adeyemi on her election and reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to promoting a prosperous and integrated Africa through the activities of organisations such as AFCAC.