By Citizens platform
The National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers has called on airline operators in the country to employ more Nigerian pilots, instead of their foreign counterparts.
The President of the association, Mr Isaac Balami, on Tuesday in Lagos said that the association had observed that most operators no longer employ Nigerian pilots.
Balami urged the operators to apply the laws of Nigeria, adding that should the trend continue, the association could picket such airlines.
According to Balami, it will be wrong for the airlines to access funds contributed by Nigerian tax payers in running their businesses and refuse to employ Nigerians.
“Some of the airline operators obtained up to N40 billion from the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), to keep their airlines afloat.
“Against this background, it is very wrong and unacceptable for them not to employ Nigerians. In some East African countries like Ethiopia, no single foreigner is in charge of their airlines.
“The Ethiopian airline has the latest airbus (A380-800 model) in Africa. This aircraft is being flown and maintained up to D-Check level by Ethiopians” he said.
Balami noted that since Nigerian pilots did the same during the Nigeria Airways era, “why should any airline discriminate against any Nigerian pilot?”.
Source: Citizens Platform
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