SENATE AND trained pilots
yesterday bemoaned the gloomy
future of Nigeria’s aviation sector,
describing it as one of the most hostile
environment in the world.
The pilots, under the aegis of
National Association of Aircraft
Pilots and Engineers, NAAPE,
therefore cried out to the upper
legislative chamber to bail them
out of joblessness through required
legislations that would turn the
sector around for better.
Leaders of the association led by its
president, Mr. Jacob Ogwu made the
plea when they visited the deputy
Senate leader, Senator Bala Ibn
Na’Allah (APC Kebbi South), at the
National Assembly complex, Abuja.
Specifically, Ogwu urged the Senate
Committee on Aviation and Senator
Na’Allah as a critical stakeholder in
the sector to help in making the upper
legislative chamber and by extension
the National Assembly to beam their
search lights on problems bedeviling
the sector for required solutions.
But Na’Allah in his response told
the visiting pilots and engineers
that the executive rather should be
pressurised to urgently do what were
right for the sector to grow and be in
proper shape.
According to him, “Nigeria’s
aviation sector being the most hostile
one to investors and other key
players, the current eighth Senate
within three months of its inception
in 2015, debated on a motion
sponsored by me on problems
bedeviling the sector and came up
with far reaching 24 point resolutions
for the needed way out but none of
the resolutions have been considered
by the executive for more than two
years now.
“So to us in the Senate and by
extension the National Assembly, we
have done the needful by proffering
solutions. It is left for the executive to
implement the resolutions.
“As we stand today, we have
the most hostile aviation operation
environment and you cannot
develop aviation under this hostile
environment. It is not possible
because business people want
to make profit and you know in
aviation, profit is not available,
aircraft is working for pilot, is
working for insurance and engineers.
so there is nothing actually.
“Unless we look at these issues
seriously we can never guarantee the
growth of general aviation which will
serve as a support to the airline and
thereby a robust economic stimulant
for movement of goods and services
in Nigeria,” he stressed.
The deputy leader empathised
with the young pilots being starred
in the face by joblessness as a result
of limited flying experience, saying
“the industry is built more on safety
consideration and not brilliance
exhibited by any pilot while in
training.
“No brilliance in flying, but rather
cumulative hours of flying achieved
by a pilot. The more hours of flying
a pilot has to his credit, the easier
he gets engaged by airline owners.
So my advice for all of you is to be
adding to your hours of flying on
daily basis through rentage of aircraft
for that purpose which is however
expensive,” he explained.

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