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Azman Air Trains 76 Aviation Professionals

July 10, 2014

The president of Azman Air Services Limited (AASL), Alhaji Abdulmunaf Yunusa has said that the airline had trained over 76 Nigerians in various aspects of aviation at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria.

Speaking in Lagos recently, Yunusa said the airline would soon commission a training facility for its staff under the purview of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

He said AASL decided to take the bull by the horns and become committed to promoting the development of the aviation sector.

"We are focused towards creating opportunities for a viable and robust aviation sector that empowers and creates jobs for our youths," he said.

He also said the airline began processing its air operator certificate (AOC) in 2009 adding that it had procured two Boeing 737 classic aircraft to ply the Kano-Lagos, Lagos-Abuja and Abuja-Kaduna routes.

Yunusa who also said that the company was negotiating for the acquisition of a third aircraft added that it would have been difficult for the airline to commence scheduled operations if it did not receive maximum support from NCAA.

He described the process of obtaining an AOC as a "comprehensive, well designed and crafted programme that is geared towards the provision of safe, reliable and efficient airline services in Nigeria."

"The NCAA has been instrumental in ensuring a safe and reliable aviation sector in Nigeria which makes Nigeria's aviation sector to be among the most regulated almost in the same class with the developed world. But to ensure a robust aviation sector, you need to make the environment enabling by providing incentives. From my own understanding, the major factors affecting the development of aviation sector in Nigeria is the absence of support system that will address the numerous problems faced by the operators," he said.

Yunusa listed the problems bedeviling airline operators to include dearth and inadequate funding, qualified personnel, training infrastructure, maintenance and engineering infrastructure as well as lack of good organization of the aviation industry, among others.

"To develop a sector such as aviation, it is not only regulations that work, government has to provide incentives through financing and provision of maintenance infrastructure," he said.

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Source: AllAfrica

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