The Joint Consultative and Negotiating Council (JCNC) of the Ministry of Aviation on Tuesday appealed to the Federal Government to appoint a technically sound professional to oversee the country’s Aviation sector.
Chairman of JCNC, Comrade Hector Nnadi, who made the appeal in Abuja while presenting the group’s communiqué concerning recent developments in the Aviation industry to newsmen said appointees picked for the sector should be allowed to stay for longer periods to allow them understand the industry and give it their very best.
Nnadi said that in view of the recent and unprecedented transformation and total turn-around of the sector, the council commended President Goodluck Jonathan, saying that former Aviation Minister, Mrs Stella Oduah, deserved to be applauded for the series of initiatives introduced in the sector and remodelling programme instituted during her stewardship.
“We strongly believe that it is high time a seasoned, well-groomed, technically, experienced and astute professional be appointed to over the sector in view of the availability of a galaxy of experienced technocrats.
“Wish to strongly recommend that a member of the previous team in the immediate past administration who played prominent role in the success attained be considered due to the need to sustain the current momentum in the ongoing transformational activities in the sector.
“The noticeable lapses observed in the attempt at transforming the sector in the past were largely due to technical inefficiencies and knowledge deficiency in the ever-sensitive and capital intensive sector.
“We wish to reiterate our total commitment to the transformation agenda of the current administration and the uncommon zeal to re-write history in anticipation of the need for the appointment of a professional in a technically challenging sector,’’Nnadi said.
He appealed that the appointment of an aviator would sustain the gains achieved by the immediate past minister to fast-track the implementation of the recently reviewed aviation policy and aviation road-map respectively. Nnadi said, “The industry needs professionals. So, it is not something you just study within two months and they send the person away and bring a new person. It disturbs the system. Now we have seen to an extent that the immediate past minister did a great job. But if Stella Oduah was a professional, she would have done much better.”