From Adesoji Oyinlola, Lagos
Aware of the increasing needs to promote the Nigeria Aviation sector, the Director General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Engr. Benedict Adeyileka has charged corporate organizations in the airline industry to put in place programmes that would enhance the development of the aviation sector in the country.
The Director General made the comment when the winners of the British Airways’ Leaders of Tomorrow paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Lagos.
He said that initiatives such as the British Airways Leaders of Tomorrow programme could play an important part in bringing new expertise and international best practice to the Nigerian aviation sector.
The programme gave six students of the Nigeria Aviation College an opportunity to gain some valuable first-hand insight into the operations of a modern international airline during a two-week internship in Lagos and London.
The NCAA Boss commended the airline for choosing the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, as its partner in the programme. “We must commend British Airways for this laudable initiative. This is a development programme for the youth in the aviation industry and has proved that British Airways is not only concerned about its commercial operations in Nigeria but also giving back to the country in a big way.” He said.He urged other corporate organizations in aviation to emulate the airline by making meaningful contributions to Nigerian aviation sector.British Airways Country Commercial Manager, West Africa, Mr. Kola Olayinka said that he hoped initiatives such as Leaders of Tomorrow would contributed in some small way to the Nigerian aviation sector reaching its potential.“As the largest economy in Africa, Nigeria needs a strong aviation sector. Leaders of Tomorrow is our contribution to this and we expect big things from the winners in the coming years.”