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NAPA Calls For Total Overhauling Of Aviation Agencies

Posted: Jul 26, 2016 at 1:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Phillip Oladunjoye


The Nigerian Aviation Professionals Association (NAPA) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to overhaul the sector to enable it contribute meaningfully to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Part of the overhaul of the sector, the group said, should be by restructuring aviation agencies to make them more efficient and result-oriented.

The group called for the scrapping of the Ministry of Aviation which it is allegedly usurping the functions of the agencies.

It said as long as the Ministry of Aviation exists, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) would not be able to carry out its oversight duties because of interference by ministry officials.

NAPA General Secretary, Comrade Abdulrasak Siedu, said agencies under the ministry were not given free hand to carry out their statutory duties, stating that the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has not hit the ground running as an industry expert.

He said the minister should be short in words and long in action, if he wants to fix the problems of the sector.

The NAPA scribe said that recent comments by Sirika on how to restructure the industry have given room for manipulation by officials of some agencies to thwart efforts by the government to right perceived wrongs.

Siedu also called for more training for aviation security personnel attached to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

He said without adequate training FAAN security officials would not be able to discharge their duties effectively.

He also canvassed for the recruitment of professionals into technical areas in the airport authority, which he listed to include: engineering, operations, fire and rescue services as well as security.

Others, he said, should include commercial and finance departments.

He said the structure of the authority appears lopsided in favour of support services, as against the technical areas.

He said there was the need to revisit the directorate structure of three aviation agencies: FAAN, NCAA, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), to avoid duplication of functions.

While condemning in-fighting among senior cadre officials in NAMA, he said such could be a huge distraction for the sensitive agency.

“The problem of the aviation sector is that professionals are not recognised. This is the heart of the problem.

“If the industry will make huge success, the government should rework the personnel architecture in all agencies. Without balancing the personnel distribution in favour of technical personnel, optimum utilisation of workers in the agencies will not be achieved. It is for this reason that the Nigerian Aviation Professionals Association observes that the Minister of Aviation is not doing his work well,” he said.