Published On: Wed, Sep 13th, 2017

Nigeria’s aviation most hostile in the world – Senate

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Nigerian-Senate-1By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

Gloomy future for the Aviation Sector in Nigeria was yesterday painted by the Senate, describing it as one with the most hostile environment in the entire world.
This is even as many of the trained pilots in the land cried out to the Upper Legislative Chamber to bail them out of joblessness through required legislations that will turn the sector around for better.
Senate’s assessment of the sector came through its Deputy Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (APC Kebbi South) when he had in audience , Leaders of the National Association of Aircrafts Pilots and Engineers ( NAAPE) in his office.
The NAAPE leaders led by their President, Jacob Ogwu had during the visit urged Senator Na’Allah in his capacity as Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation and a critical stakeholder in the sector, to help in making the Senate 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 and not the Senate, should be pressurised to urgently do what are 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 8th 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 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.
He sympathized 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 brillance exhibited by any pilot while in training.
“No brillance 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 Aircrafts for that purpose which is however expensive”, he explained.

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