The Federal Government has signed a hosting agreement with Banjul Accord Group Aviation Safety Oversight Organisation (BAGASOO) to enhance aviation safety in Nigeria and six other West African member nations.

While the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama signed on behalf of the government, Executive Director of BAGASOO, Tidiane Bah signed on behalf of the organisation in Abuja on Thursday, May 9.

BAGASCO is an aviation safety oversight organisation established to enhance safety in Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone.

Onyeama pledged the FG’s commitment to see the agreement implemented to the letter.

He said, “Aviation safety is something extremely important for the world, globally and in West Africa, and we have a great deal to do to ensure civil aviation safety.

“This document is moving in the right direction to further ensure that the political will deployed by the government of Nigeria is playing its part in helping to promoting civil aviation safety in West Africa.”

He commended the organisation for the efforts it was making in helping to promote and sensitise the member states to aviation safety and putting in place regulatory mechanism to ensure that.

“I am happy on behalf of the federal government to sign this agreement and to assure you of the readiness to ensure that all necessary measures are taken to have this agreement implemented and respected,” he added.

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The Executive Director, BAGASOO, Tidiane Bah, said, “Nigeria is hosting the organisation safety oversight for us to reside in Nigeria and function effectively,  it is very important to partner the federal government to sign for our host to give us status.

“Usually when such happens, you sign agreement to accord the organisation the immunity and privileges and diplomatic status in Nigeria.

“That is what the ceremony stands to achieve in Nigeria,  to give BAGASOO a legal personality standing in Nigeria to function in accordance with the rules and regulation in Nigeria.”

Bah added, “Today marks the fulfillment of Article 7 of BAGASOO agreement which it requires to make with the host state.

“The agreement gives the organisation the privileges and humility to be accorded to the BAGASOO and its personnel to fulfill the objectives and the goals of its functions.

“This is to enhance the air transport safety between Nigeria and other member states.”

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