‘Scrapping of Aviation Ministry victory for good governance, reasoning’
The former President of Aviation Round Table, ART, Captain Dele Ore has said that the scrapping of the Ministry of Aviation was a victory for good governance, reasoning and truth.
This was just as the stakeholders in the country’s aviation industry have called on the new Minister of State for Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika to focus more attention on the construction of national hangar, training of qualified personnel and to evolve workable policies for the country’s aviation industry.
The stakeholders observed that Sirrika was coming at a time the industry was faced with challenges.
They assured that as a professional in the sector; the new minister would be able to tackle the challenges headlong.
Speaking with Journalists yesterday at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, MMA, Lagos, a former pilot with the defunct, Nigeria Airways, Capt. Samuel Adewunmi said he expected Sirika to bring the country’s aviation industry to international practices and standards.
Adewumi lamented that despite over 90 years of aviation in Nigeria, the country could still not carry out Check D maintenance on aircraft, stressing that it was one of the major ways of encouraging capital flights outside the country.
He stated that as a result of bad policies and inconsistent appointments in the sector, other African countries like South Africa, Ethiopia and Kenya had overtaken Nigeria in aviation industry and also urged him to empower the sector in the area of engineering.
The new minister should economically think about improving aviation in this country and bring it with other economies of the world, he said.
According to him, “we need a real national hangar, which can be situated anywhere in the country”,
Speaking also, the former President of Aviation Round Table, ART, Capt. Dele Ore stated that the ART had over the years clamoured for the scrapping of Ministry of Aviation, stressing that the sector was now in line with the Inernational Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, recommended practices and standards.
He insisted that the appointment of Sirika was a big departure from the previous appointments as those hitherto sent to the sector had little or no knowledge about the industry.
Ore however warned him to beware of antics of sycophants who he alleged had ill-advised about 10 ministers in the sector for their selfish gains.
He also appealed to Sirika to allow the agencies especially the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, to carry out its oversight functions and economic regulations without interference from the government.
In his words, “he will be one of the people to understand what I call avio-politics because he is a former pilot and now a politician. He has in the first instance less than four years to pilot the affairs of the sector. Aviation industry is the easiest to be administered. He should look at the policy that we have as the current one National Civil Aviation Policy 2013 has been bastardised. Also, the issue of multiple entries for foreign carriers should be looked into critically by the government.”
Similarly, Engr. Sheri Kyari has also called on the new minister to ensure infrastructural development, security and safety of critical equipment for the sector to operate to its full capacity.
He advised him to focus on the re-establishment of a national carrier for Nigeria as desired by the government, adding that type training for personnel in the sector would also go a long way in boosting employment opportunities for Nigeria.
Besides, the General Secretary of Nigeria Aviation Professionals Association, NAPA, Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu advised the new minister to address the Acts establishing all parastatals by reversing them to ensure better productivity.
Saidu said some of the parastatals have more than 50 General Managers and over-bloated workforce giving, which he said gave way for redundancy in the system.
According to Saidu, the ills in the aviation industry could only be corrected by reversing the Act establishing some agencies, which only gave room for four directorates as against eight and above in some agencies at present.
Saidu said there were approved conditions of employment and government should avoid over-bloating of workforce, recalling that the ugly trend began in the early 2000.
He hinted that services of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, had diminished in recent time, stressing that none of the country’s airport had been certified by the agency due to their poor states.