July 30, (THEWILL) – Nigeria’s Aviation Minister, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has attained the Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS), which is the highest award from the Royal Aeronautical Society of the United Kingdom.
Sirika also obtained the Masters of Science in Air Transport Management (M.Sc.) from the City University of London,
Late March 2021, Sirika defended his thesis with the title, “The Development of Airline Traffic in Nigeria and the Relevance of Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).”
The Fellowship (FRAeS) is the highest grade attainable and is only bestowed upon those in the profession of aeronautics or aerospace.
Engr. Akin Olateru, the Commissioner and the Chief Executive Officer of the Accident Investigation Bureau Nigeria (AIB-N) in his congratulatory message said: “I offer my sincere congratulations to you on this occasion of your double celebration of great success and a very well-deserved award.
“I express my unfettered admiration for the conferment on you of the highest award, Fellow Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS) United Kingdom in recognition of your outstanding contributions to the aerospace community. Your achievement is truly commendable, coming in tandem with you obtaining a Masters in Air Transport Management from the City, University of London.”
Senator Sirika was an airplane pilot, a helicopter pilot and an aircraft engineer. He is a prolific entrepreneur who has established a couple of successful construction and consulting companies in aviation, civil, water, environment, and education, while serving also on the board of a few other businesses.
He was elected a Member of the House of Representatives representing Dutsi-Mashi Federal Constituency in April 2003 under the platform of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP). He served under the House Committees of Police, Water Resources, Marine Transport, Works as well as House Committee on Aviation, where he served as Deputy Chairman.