Aviation union leaders have faulted the folding up of the defunct Nigerian airways.
Speaking during the 7th aviation workers week celebration in Abuja, they urged the federal government to learn from the mistake of the past and ensure proper regulation.
The theme of this year’s celebration is CONTRIBUTIONS OF A NATIONAL CARRIER TO THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF NIGERIA.
The Chairman joint consultative and negotiating council, Comrade Hector Nnadi who spoke on the significance of the event and the theme said ” it was essentially to examine management labour relationship and map the way forward for industrial harmony at the workplace environment”. He said the concept of this years theme” is anchored on the desirability or otherwise of a national carrier’s contribution to the socio economic growth of our Fatherland”.
As stake holders, Nnadi said it is the unions desire ” to add value to the system thus influencing the theme of this year 7th edition of the aviation worker’s week”.
The Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika in his address, reiterated Federal government’s commitment to the actualization of the National carrier. The Minister who was represented by Shehu Mohammed Rabiu ,Director said “the national carrier is the dream of every Nigerian because of it’s economic advantage. It is a revenue generation industry and would create job opportunities in the country and beyond”
Underscoring the importance of the discussion, the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Mr Rabiu Yadudu ”the national carrier would be a proper platform for the young pilots in the country to launch their carriers effectively and also commended the Enugu government for their support in the ongoing airport project which he assured is going smoothly and will be delivered on schedule.
Counting the gains of the Unions, Barr Illitrus Amadu said the incessant strikes which hitherto characterized the aviation sector had been curbed owing to a healthy relationship between the Unions and the administration. He expressed regret that the assets of the Nigerian airways across the nation were not sold off to save the airline which he said would have contributed greatly to the economy and growth of the sector had it been sustained.
The event also featured presentation of honorary and meritorious awards .Honorary awards were presented to the Honorable minister of Aviation, the Permanent secretary Federal Ministry of Aviation, Engr Hassan Musa, Dr Bernard Olumiywa Aliu ,ICAO former president.
Meritorious awards were presented to staff for categories like
“Best dressed staff both male and female, most efficient/hardworking staff,most efficient/hardworking management staff,most productive department,most active union member,best scrabble player both male and female,best tennis player both male and female and most labour friendly management staff of the year.
The high point of the event, was the presentation of the communiqué from the panelist discussion which called for speedy implementation of the national carrier project on a private public partnership basis among other things.