18 June 2012

Nigeria: Dana Crash - Expert Warns Against Eroding Gains in Aviation Sector

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Lagos, Muhammed Airport

An aviation expert, Mr. Segun Salau has advised the federal government and other aviation stakeholders to tread carefully over the recent Dana air crash to avoid eroding the gains in the sector.

He said the time has come for the country to take a deeper look in every aspect of aviation practices to forestall a repeat of the Dana crash which killed 153 passengers on board.

Mr. Salau who is an aviation consultant, while commiserating with the families that lost their loved ones emphasised that, "nobody should politicize the unfortunate Dana crash, especially now that the Aviation industry is witnessing unprecedented growth."

Leaders should not politicize the aviation sector as they have done to every other segment of the country, Salau advised.

He decried the situation where some people due to the their contacts in the aviation agencies go about poaching other people's job, promising them express permits, clearances, and other sundry favors.

Aviation industry, he maintained "is a highly technical industry" and having attained the United States of America category one status, "Nigeria should not go back to the inglorious years when touting and portfolio airlines operators, dominated the system."

He said "some people maybe because their relatives are working in the aviation agencies now go around, using that premise to poach other people's job; both the ones they can handle and the ones they cannot."

Mr. Salau however called on the relevant aviation agencies including the Association of Foreign Airlines Representatives (AFARN) to ensure that its members, acting as General Sales Agents (GSA) to various airlines operating in Nigeria to play the game according to the rules, saying "that is the only way the aviation authorities can further sanitize the system."

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