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Former Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Airways Capt. Paul Mamman Thahal.

Tribute to Captain Paul Mamman Thahal from Nigeria Airways workers

TO our Father, senior brother and friend, the news of your demise came to us like a bolt! You rose up from the ranks of your colleagues to become the Managing Director of Nigeria Airways in the mid 70’s. This, with your appointment as the Managing Director, you worked very hard and transformed the airline which became comparable to other Airlines like Ethiopian Airline in Africa.

You are a man of integrity and also well disciplined. You clocked about 15,000 hours of flight. You were a faithful, dedicated and honest pilot. It was during your tenure as Managing Director that Nigeria Airways experience tremendous growth, with so many fleets of aircraft.

You built so many housing estates for us. Your life and administrative skills was a challenge to us coupled with good governance and good leadership. You were a fatherly figure to all the aviation staff and the Airline in particular.

The Nigeria Airways Family, mourns her Former Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, Capt. Paul Mamman Thahal.

The W.T Family has been in deep mourning for our pioneer and much loved former Managing Director since yesterday when the news of your departure hit the family’s news stand. Tributes have been pouring from all over the world, from former staffs of the Airline who were privileged to know you. Our flag has been flying at half-mast in your honor. You are and will always be remembered for your warm and humane leadership style.

An epitome of dignity yourself, you treat staffs with respect and fairness irrespective of their status or grade-level. You were a model within the W.T Family and beyond. Sir, you will be sorely missed but we are comforted that your good works and love for Jesus Christ have guaranteed you a place with God in Eternity. Rest in peace from your trials and toils of this world.

Our condolences to your wife, children and entire family; we pray that they be comforted by the Lord God at this difficult time. We love you dearly sir, rest in perfect peace and good night. Nigeria Airways Limited Ex-Workers.

Capt. P.M. Thahal was a father and a brother to all the staff of the defunct Nigeria Airways. He was full of God’s wisdom and virtues, compassionate and kind-hearted.

He was a man of humor, hardly can you find fault with him. If you are close to him, he could share with you some of his secret, if he trust you. He was a true Christian to the core. Walked in the fear and in the righteousness of God. He played a unique role in making sure Ex-Staff of the defunct Nigeria Airways got their entitlements by contributing morally and financially.

Daddy, your memory lingers on in our hearts. Good night sir.


On behalf of Nigeria Airways Ex-Workers,

Capt. Jonathan B. Ibrahim,

Former Managing Director/CEO, Nigeria Airway and

Secretary Nigeria Airways Elders Forum, Engineer Kyari,

and Mr. Onuh,

Capt. Bob Hayes,

Capt. R.A Orimoloye,

Capt. Dele Ore,

Capt. A. Brown,

Capt. Toks Williams

Capt. Toju Ogisi,

Capt. Tunde Ogunsanwo

Capt. Jaye Adeola

Capt. A. Mohammed and others

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