The National Association of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) has urged the President- elect Muhammadu Buhari to appoint aviator as the next Aviation Minister in order to stop the attitude of cutting corners and to move the industry forward.
NUATE wrote this in a congratulatory letter dated May 18, 2015 and signed by Olayinka Abioye on behalf of the Secretary.
According to the letter, an internationally regulated and highly technical industry is not one that should be left for political manipulators and jobbers.
They advised that only principled, properly trained and experienced professional with a solid track record of integrity performance and strong character should be the best man for the job.
“The choice of a core professional would also inspire other professionals in the sector to work hard and be counted.
In the same vein, a professional would be better positioned to stop “cutting of corners,” a term used to refer to malpractices in the sector.
A professional would also be well positioned and better equipped to address the critical issue of safety, security and development of the nation’s airports and airspace, which has been neglected over the years in favour of remodeling which provides “faster and cheaper money for the boys”.
NUATE said it did not point well that that no aviation professional has been appointed as minister since the advent of democracy in the country 16 years ago.
The body further stated that adding this have retarded progress in aviation sector and Nigeria as a nation.
It urged Buhari to consider the role played by the aviation sector as the biggest promoter of international trade since the twentieth century, noting that Nigeria, the most populous black nation on earth and one of the largest exporters of crude oil in the world has not attracted as much foreign direct investment as it should have done due to a number of factors which has to do with safety and security of the nation’s airport and airspace.