By Chuks Okoh
Following the sacking of Princess Stella Oduah, three aviation unions in the country want President Jonathan to appoint a professional as the next aviation minister or face industrial unrest in the sector.
The Union leaders include, Comrades Balami Isaac David President, NAAPE Benjamin Okewu President, ATSSSAN and Safianu Mohammed Dauda President, NUATE I n a release said it was another opportunity for the country to have a new aviation Minister that will be a professional in the aviation sector.
“The Three aviation unions would like to urge Mr President to seize this opportunity to right the wrongs of the past by appointing a seasoned professional as Minister of Aviation”.
While commending the former minister, Stella Oduah for her significant strides, the statement declares “we hasten to point out that her shortcomings, and that of her predecessors are easily traceable to their not having personal knowledge about aviation. The fact remains that aviation is just too technical and complex for a non professional to manage. This is the reason the previous Ministers of Aviation, being non professionals, have been unable to fully come to terms to managing the industry seamlessly”
They warned that anything short of the appointment of a professional this time will spell doom for the industry. “We are compelled to insist that the new Minister of aviation to be appointed by the President must be a seasoned aviation professional. To do otherwise will be a great disservice to the nation, and we, the three unions in aviation will totally reject and
completely withdraw cooperation from anyone appointed into that office who is not a seasoned aviation professional”.