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AON backs FG’s local content drive, decries lack of job for 327 pilots

Chairman Airline Operators of Nigeria and JedAir CEO, Captain Nogie Meggison
ANTHONY OMOH
  
With over 327 Nigerian pilots unemployed in the country while expatriates  take over all the jobs in the aviation industry, the Airlines Operators of Nigeria (AON) has put its weight behind the Federal Government’s plan to ensure that the cockpit of airlines operating in the country are filled with Nigerian pilots.
Chairman of the AON, Captain Nogie Meggison who made this known in a recent interview decried the inability of the Federal Government to provide job opportunities for about 327 pilots who are currently roaming the streets in search of jobs in the aviation industry, but stated that this would help in creating employment for them.
Meggison said, “As at today, we have about 327 unemployed pilots who are registered and looking for jobs. The Minister made a statement; he said there are 90 airplanes and private jets operating in Nigeria with foreign registrations. If you take that alone, there are two sets of crew per airplane so if you even say 90 – and we are saying it’s about 140 or 190 but he says 90 – but even if we take 90 alone 90 are two sets of crew per airplane because they cannot fly continuously”      
To him, it was logical for the government to create jobs for the people noting that any private jets operator or anybody flying in Nigeria was expected to take Nigerians in the cockpit as this would create jobs and take people.  
He said, “It is only logical and mutual benefitting and makes more sense and when any airline operating and taking from the govt create avenues to create jobs for the people. It is not a novel idea that Nigeria is standing alone to say that any cockpit operator or anybody flying in Nigeria is expected to take Nigerians in the cockpit. This will create jobs and take people off the street”
“A country with 180 million people you can count the number of people flying, as they say, one in every four black man is a Nigerian  so why can’t we have one in every four African aviator to be a
Nigerian? If you take the position today, you will probably be talking of one in every one hundred aviator out of Africa to be a Nigerian”
“So, if you take two pilots per airplane and we have 90 planes,  it will give you  about 180 pilots that will be employed. If you take the helicopters people fly in the nation there are maybe 50 to 70 helicopters and you say for one there that’s times two times 70 that’s 140. You take the commercial

airplanes where there are lots of First Officers that are roaming about the streets so it is a welcome development”

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