…Vows To Continuously Promote Safety
The National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration to ensure the actualisation of the much talked about Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport(NAA),Abuja second runway project.
This is just as the group tasked the President on the establishment of the suspended national carrier project; Nigeria Air.
The National President of NAAPE, Engr. Abedeego Galadima, made the call at a safety Workshop with the theme, “Promoting Safety in Nigeria” organised by the group in Lagos yesterday.
Galadima contended that Abuja Airport second runway is very important project to the airport, as it would serve as alternative in the event that the only one currently in operation is closed to air traffic or for repairs.
“ I wish to join other well –meaning Nigerians to congratulate the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria his Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari on his well deserve re-election for a second term. At the same time I wish to use this opportunity to call on him to use this term to actualise the realisation of the second Abuja runway project , Nigeria Air and other laudable projects as contained in the Aviation Road Map document.”
NAAPE , he stated had for over three decades been at the forefront of advocating for the rights, welfare and privileges of Nigerian pilots and engineers, adding that in furtherance of its efforts in promoting safety in the sector , NAAPE recently instituted an award; Annual Aviation Safety Award(AASA)for the aviation organisation, both private and public .
This, Galadima stated was aimed at promoting and entrenching safety culture and rewarding safe practices.
On the essence of the workshop, the NAAPE boss said, “This workshop is aimed at interacting with stakeholders on the evaluation index we intend to use for our ranking and awards .It is also intended to serve as a platform for sensitisation and discussion on other safety concerns in the industry. It is my believe that our engagement will bring about a solutions to identified safety concerns and greater promotion of safety in the sector.”
The association, Galadima pointed out has also ensured professionalism and professional excellence in the discharge of their duties, while promoting the safety of the aviation industry.
He called on pilots and engineers to be safety conscious and also continue to give priority to safety issues.
On the awards, Galadima stated that it was not instituted to de-market any organisation but rather to motivate organisations to imbibe and entrench safety culture in the sector and that NAAPE selection and ranking process would be coordinated by a board of eminent and impartial professionals from the aviation family.
Delivering his keynote address, the Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Engr. Akin Olateru, represented by a Director in AIB, Mr Mohammed Wali, stated that the importance of NAAPE could be over emphasised, adding its focus on the welfare pilots and engineers further promotes safety in the sector.
“The safety level that the global air transport enjoys today represents an achievement built on the determination and efforts of the entire aviation community. Considering the level of commitments made by this current administration to ensure safe airspace for air transport users, the theme of this workshop; ‘Promoting Aviation Safety in Nigeria’ is relevant and appropriate.”
He continued, “I, therefore, implore all pilots, engineers and stakeholders to note that safety is not a one-man business. “We all need to play our part to ensure safer airspace for Nigeria that will be worthy of emulation by other countries across the globe.”