NATIONAL Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) has unveiled its 15th Delegates Conference and is set to elect or re-elect officials to pilot the helm of their affairs for another four (4) years with the current President, Engineer Abednego Galadima representing himself and team for re-election.
The delegate’s conference with theme: The Imperatives of Strong Partnership for Sustainable Aviation Sector Recovery from Covid-19 Impact will hold through July 29-30th at the NAF Conference Centre, Kado, Abuja
According to the NAAPE President, the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika is the Special Guest of Honour while the event would be opened with a symposium Chaired by the Director General Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu.
He also said that apart from the symposium, NAAPE would be presenting its maiden NAAPE Annual Gold Standard Safety Awards to four winners in the airline, helicopter operations, government agencies and allied aviation business categories.
On achievements so far since taking the reins of office, Galadima said,” When we took over the reins of leadership four years ago, we inherited a NAAPE that owed rent and indebted (to the tune of over N5million). Today as we speak for the first time in almost four decades NAAPE now has its own office building and other rooms for rent all debt cleared.”
“We also in a bid to promote the welfare and well-being of our members authored a compendium of fifty (50) outstanding Pilots and Engineers which recognizes merits and encourages mentoring
“We collaborated with AirTech Aviation Support Limited and developed a data base for pilots and engineers; we put NAAPE on the global stage through a functional website.”
He also said above all, NAAPE under his watch has succeeded in negotiating conditions of services in all its branches .
“We have negotiated favourable Conditions of Services for our branches, although other branches still have theirs at approval stage, we will vigorously pursue this to its logical conclusion
Galadima explained that the COVID-19 threw great challenges resulting in labour/industrial crises, we rose to the occasion and successfully defended the entire pilots and aircraft maintenance community.
He also said the current crop of executives concluded the constitutional amendment process inherited from their predecessors among other things stating that if given the opportunity they intend to consolidate and put the association on a firmer footing.