No fewer than 80 girls have been brought together in the aviation industry, in an effort to mentor them so as to groom them to take an interest in the aviation sector and create manpower for the future in an industry suffering from dearth of manpower.
Cross section of girls and aviation professionals during the mentoring program by Women professionals in the Aviation industry
The girls were brought together by a group of women professionals in the sector under the aegis of Women in Aviation (WIA) to take up career in the industry.
The event tagged: Girls in Aviation Day which was simultaneously held at the Port Harcourt and Owerri airports is tailored at positively imparting in the lives of the girls by exposing them to the unparalleled careers available in the industry.
The President of Women in Aviation International (WAI), Nigeria, Mrs. Rejoice Ndudinachi, stated that the essence of the ‘Girls in Aviation Day’ is not only to attract girls to the careers potential in the aviation industry and to catch them young but also to correct the impression that the sector is for men only.
She disclosed that presently, 28 states in the United States have proclaimed September 26, every year as the ‘Girls in Aviation Day’.
The WAI leader, said this while speaking at the event at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), School, Lagos at the weekend, added that one of the objectives of the body was to encourage the young ones to build up their future in aviation.
Ndudinachi said, “Women in Aviation Nigeria chapter just want to see girls interacting with positive role models and considering aviation as they make their college plans .Today ,we introduced girls ton role models ,train them and place them in supportive atmosphere to encourage them to take up career in aviation”
She affirmed that WAI would support and ensure that the young one takes up careers in the various aviation professions in the sector, adding that one of the ways to catch them young is by celebrating ‘Girls in Aviation Day’.
“Women in Aviation is committed to support and ensure that it inspires young ones to take up their career in aviation .We have been doing it and we will continue to do it,” she assured
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of Air Peace, Barrister Allen Onyema, whose aircraft was used to teach over 80 young girls, who were present, stated that it was delightful for the airline to be chosen for the history making event.
He added that Air Peace would continue to support WAI in its quests towards encouraging young girls to be one of the aviation professionals in the industry.
Onyema advised the girls that there are a lot of potential in the sector ranging from pilot, ATC, aeronautical engineers, cabin crew, dispatchers, meteorologists among others.
To further make the celebration interesting for the young girl numbering about 80, some professionals such as pilot, engineer, Air Traffic Controllers (ATC), cabin crew, aviation fire fighters among others were brought in to speak on what it takes to be any of these aviation professionals.
Speaking on what it takes to be a pilot, Capt Tolu Ita of Aero, stated that aviation was not all about pilot alone, adding that there were other professionals in the aviation industry, who work with pilots to make air travel what is today.
He listed some of the professionals to include engineers, ATCs, flight dispatchers, meteorologists and cabin crew,
She added that before the advent of aviation, people were travelling by other modes of transportation, which according to her were not as fast as the air transport but that with the birth of air transport, the world is now a global village.
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