Aviation in past 52 years has been dynamism, motion without movement says Ore
By Oyise OGHENE
NIGERIA: President of the Aviation Round Table (ART), Captain Dele Ore has said that the aviation industry in the past fifty two years has all been motion but without any meaningful movement stressing that it has all been dynamism all the way.
Disclosing this development in Lagos, Captain Ore pointed that the aviation industry in Nigeria began to experience stagnancy the moment Nigerian Airways was liquidated by the Federal Government adding that since then it has all been dynamism, motion but no movement as all the stakeholders and even the government were just dancing in a circle in the industry.
The Former pilot with the defunct Nigerian Airways said “I think in the past 52 years as far as aviation is concerned I can say that it has been very turbulent to the extent that there are several areas where you ask questions, have we really learnt anything and the answer is in the negative, we are not learning. I am going to start simply by recalling that in the last 52 years we have had 34 ministers in the aviation industry and if we want to do a little bit of mathematics, it is merely one minister for every 18 months, what kind of policy can you put in place that could be enduring, it cannot endure and that is the brian of the industry, the industry would have been doing much better but we send damagers to take over from managers, so invariably, we are working with damagers instead of working with managers in the industry and it is such a pity”
According to the ART boss, since the liquidation of Nigerian Airways which was in the first generation of airlines in the country, airlines in the private sectors had been coming up and dying one after the other even up to the present third generation where we had about twenty eight airlines but they had all dwindled to only about four or five functional airlines at the moment.
“The first and most disastrous disservice that we did to aviation was the liquidation of Nigerian Airways, aviation has not being the same since then. That was the beginning of problem for aviation because by the time we killed Nigerian Airways or we assassinated it or we murdered it, so many other things died with it, that was when training also stopped, developing manpower stopped and if you don’t have a continuous stream of man power to replaced ageing ones that is a source of problem. So we can say we had a fore runner, Nigerian Airways, we had a new generation airlines who also pretended to be stepping into the shoes of Nigerian Airways but those shoes were too big for anybody to step into, they all finally folded up one by one even to the second generation and there is none of them in existence now”
“The third generation is what we are talking about now where you now have people who are still existing and then sustaining some measure of operation, from about 28 airlines they were been dwindled to 11 and today we have only about 4 or 5 functional airlines” he affirmed.
He however noted that for the industry to move forward the government and stakeholders in the industry must work together and a good policy put in place to drive the industry on the right path.