By Stella Enenche, Abuja
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria( FAAN) has revealed that most of the new pilots are unemployed because they lack the required experience.
The Managing Director FAAN, Captain Rabiu Yakubu, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja, at the 7th edition of Aviation workers week with the theme: “Contribution of National Carrier to the Socio-Economic Development of Nigeria”.
Yakubu said “So, the pilots we have now are generally unemployed because they do not have the experience. The younger ones are not experienced.
“Flying is a profession that the more you fly, the more you get experience, the more seniority and the more accomplished you get. So the new ones need the pedestal for them to launch their careers and they do not have enough right now’ he said .
He however said the situation would change if the nation can successfully float its own national carrier.
“For us to also have pilots flying, we need to have enough airlines and aircrafts. Without the national carrier, we have a lot of airlines that do not have the cloud or capacity of a national carrier.
“So, we believe with the national carrier, there will be a proper platform for them to launch their careers effectively and that is the big difference, he said.
Commenting on the importance of Nigeria having a national carrier, the FAAN MD said: “The national carrier will create lots of employment for the new crops of pilots because Pilot training is one of the things needed in the industry and we cannot have pilots that are not trained. When we have pilots that are not trained, they are almost like no pilots again.
On when it will be floated, he said: “We are working on it. We had a time frame two years ago but we had issues. We are trying to make sure that our timeframe remains respected and we stick to it and that is why we don’t want to make it public but we have gone very far.
speaking at the event,Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika reiterated government’s determination in actualizing the national carrier project.
The Minister who however did not give a specific date when the national carrier would commence operation said “Our focus to float a national carrier is still on course despite what we read and hear in the media. It will be floated as soon as possible.
“The National carrier will contribute a lot to the economy of the country and it is the dream of every Nigerian because of its economic advantage. It is revenue generation industry and we hope that when the national carrier starts, Nigeria will be fully represented globally” he said.
On what was responsible for the delay in Nigeria having a national carrier, the minister who was represented by the Director, PRS Shehu Rabiu said,”We have internal mechanisms that we have to address but I assure you that it will be actualized any moment from now and you will be part of the take off”.
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