FG to reg­u­late ex­pa­tri­ate quota in avi­a­tion

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Chris Agabi

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.

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