Friday 3 May 2013

Aviation unions, professionals agree on national carrier

Aviation Nigeria

Rising from its congress meeting in Lagos, the Congress of Aviation Unions and Professional Associations (CAUPA) supported the idea of re-establishing a national carrier for Nigeria.
CAUPA is a congress of over twenty professional associations and the three operating unions in the aviation sector.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, they said, “that the federal government should as a matter of urgency, through the Federal Ministry Aviation, pursue the policy of re-establishing a national carrier for the benefit of government and Nigerians in general.”

They indicated that, establishing a national carrier “would lead to the re-establishment of standard operating procedures and safety consciousness in the aviation industry.

“This would also lead to the much talked about job creation for our teeming youths and redundant professionals in the industry. The drainage the sector has become on the economy would eventually be fixed and the pride of Nigerians all over the world would also be restored.”

It said CAUPA is in full support of this project but cautions that the “idea of purchasing and distributing aircraft to failed and ailing airlines should be completely disregarded in the interest of safety, unity, integrity, good governance, prudence and transparency.

“Why must we encourage and entrust poor private managers with public properties and funds?”

CAUPA insists that the coming of the National Carrier must be preceded by the settlement of all labour and pensions issues arising from the unconstitutional liquidation of the former National Carrier, Nigeria Airways.

The Association said Nigeria has lost over thirty airlines within a space of thirty years due to poor management, “this needs to be investigated and solutions sought to remedy this malady.”

They called on the NCAA to scrutinize prospective operators and continue to monitor the operations of airlines in the country, to ensure their survival and avoid the pitfalls that encourage airline failures.

Source: Daily Trust


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