FG to regulate expatriate quota in aviation
The Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has said the Federal Government has put in place a policy to regulate the engagement of expatriates in the aviation sector.
He said: “The policy, the government hopes, will help to engage Nigerian professionals in aviation, particularly pilots and engineers who do not have jobs.”
He disclosed this in Abuja when members of the Joint Aviation Trade Unions and Professional Associations Forum (heads of the different trade union in the aviation sector) visited him in his office in Abuja.
The minister said with the policy on ground, the only areas where expatriates would be engaged would be areas where there were no licensed Nigerian professionals to handle.
He added that the Nigerian Government was eager to do what was correct and proper to develop the aviation industry.
Furthermore, he said there was no reason why the sector could not be fixed now as a seasoned aviator headed the industry in Nigeria and three other Nigerians (president, general secretary and second vice president) were at the leadership of ICAO Council, the highest aviation body in the world.
The minister also said that the establishment of a national carrier was on course and that as soon as necessary approvals were given, the deal would be done.
Senator Hadi Sirika added that the construction of a second runway was on course as preliminary consultations were on.
He said money was budgeted for it in the 2017 budget and that the 2018 budget would also make a provision for the runway which in government’s thinking would be done before the expiration of its term in 2019.
The Chairman, Joint Aviation Trade Unions and Professional Associations Forum, Barr. Safiyanu Daudu Mohammed, who spoke earlier, said the visit of the joint trade unions was to foster partnership with the government to see how best to fix and move the aviation sector forward.
He said he was glad that the minister, advisers and CEOs of aviation agencies were all aviators.