Lagos - Several aviation unions in the country have urged President Goodluck Jonathan to appoint an aviation professional as the new Aviation Minister.
At a joint stakeholders’ forum in the Lagos, the unions insisted that the President should appoint a versatile aviation professional from among them and not a “mere politician” who they say would “bastardize”the aviation sector.
They said that it is worrisome that some persons who are not aviation professionals were already being considered for the job.
Captain Nogie Meggison, convener of the stakeholders meeting said that governor must strive “not to fall into the hand of political schemers whose only interest is to seek power and make money.”
He said it had come to the notice of stakeholders that some persons were using some experts to make a case for themselves as against the collective position of the unions.
Meggison said some industry players or head of aviation agencies that had allegedly misled previous Aviation Ministers, were also now using their positions to lobby for the position of Aviation Minister, without the requisite capacity and track record for the position.
“One of the major reasons why industry players need a technocrat as the next aviation minister is to rescue the industry from its current state, where certain self centered elements without pedigree and track record want to continue to hijack the industry. A clear situation is where the industry finds itself today where such people are now in Abuja lobbying to be the next Minister of Aviation. The appointment of a technocrat will be able see through their selfish motives to enable him or her decipher the grain from the chaff,” he added
Meggison said “opportunists” and “industry sycophants” in the past “set banana peels on the paths of previous Aviation Ministers to pave the way for their failure.”
He said the industry has some seasoned industry technocrats who the president could choose from.
The unions that met in Lagos include Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), National Association of Air Traffic Controllers ( NATCA), National Air Traffic Association of Nigeria ( NACAN), Nigeria Professional Pilots, Aviation Roundtable and the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON).
– CAJ News