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Nigerians ready t0 handle new aviation technology –NAAPE

- Juliana Ajayi

THE National Associatio­n of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers in Nigeria has said Nigerians are ready to handle new technology in the aviation sector.

The President of NAAPE, Abednego Galadima, while addressing journalist­s at the associatio­n’s headquarte­rs in Lagos, affirmed that the aviation sector was up to the task.

he said, “Virtually most of the local engineers have the basic technical skills; all they need now is to be type-rated on particular aircraft and credit goes to Air Peace as i am aware they have done training for our local engineers, which is also commendabl­e.

“once they get type-rated, they will be good to go. remember i said it is a vista of opportunit­y with more technology transfer and that would give us an advantage, particular­ly in Africa with this new technology and skills. So, eventually, we may end up getting to work on the aircraft when they become available around Africa.”

He said the emergence of new airlines with state-of-theart technology had added to the recovery, thereby giving local engineers the window to get skills, jobs and technology transfer.

Speaking on the recent developmen­t in the aviation sector, Galadima noted that aircraft investment such as the procuremen­t of the new Embraer 195-E5 by Air Peace Limited would provide job opportunit­ies in the sector.

He said, “in my opinion, the sector has recovered 70-85 per cent pre-covid and it is highly commendabl­e because we have a leadership in the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority that pulled us through and guided the industry right.”

He also noted that the emergence of new airlines was an indication of renewed confidence in the industry, which he described as highly welcome.

Galadima said, “Particular­ly, you see some new investment­s are beginning to come in. For instance, we commend Air Peace for bringing in new aircraft that would open a vista of opportunit­y for pilots and engineers in terms of skills acquisitio­n, technology transfer, and open opportunit­y for jobs.

“These are good developmen­ts and it is something we welcome and support.”

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