The Director of Strategy and Planning at Nigeria leading indigenous helicopter firm, Caverton Mr. Kingsley Uwagbale has said that removal of import duty on aircraft spare parts by the federal government in
2012 has brought about a huge growth in the airline businesses in Nigeria.
Uwagbale said the removal has brought about improvement in training of personnel and acquisition as the huge amount hitherto pay as duty is now channel into critical area to improve safety in the industry.
Mr. Uwagbale, who spoke when he played host to a delegation of the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents, (LAAC) said the leading indigenous helicopter company has increase the number of women pilots in the rotary wing segment of the industry.
“We have deliberately set aside a number of slots for women as we aim to increase the number of female pilots manning rotary aircraft in Nigeria. Currently we have six women in training institution around the world. The next round of recruitment will principally focus on women here.”
Uwagbale disclosed that the airline has concluded plan to construct a maintenance facility where it aim to train manpower for the industry affirming that in another five years that Nigerians will fly leading
airlines in the world.
“We want Nigerians to be flying Emirate, Lufthansa and other international airlines, the facility will bring about huge job opportunities. Nobody needs to go abroad for training as we carry checks up to C-checks in this facility”.
He commended the federal government efforts at providing a conducive environment for airline business in Nigeria and said “the Jonathan administration has done a lot in training in the aviation industry;
Amnesty has done a lot in training and capacity building especially in the Niger Delta region.
Earlier the leader of the LAAC team, Mr. Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo commended the giant stride of Caverton helicopters with the acquisition of 40,000 square metres of land at the MMIA to construct its MRO project and for the training of pilots and engineers.
Iwelunmo disclosed that it was long overdue in the country stressing that training of pilots and engineers since the demise of the Nigeria Airways was at its lowest ebb.
He urged the management not to relax in bringing out their best for Nigeria’s aviation sector as it was the only way to move the industry forward.