The Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Muktar Usman has called for greater sensitisation and awareness of youths at the grassroots as a way of raising future aviation professionals to take over from the ageing workforce in the air transport sector.
Speaking at the Grand Finale of the 8th National Travel Essay Competition and Air Transport Youth Empowerment Summit (NTEC 2017) organised by Travel & Business News, Usman said: “The future will be brighter for air transport if we introduce fascinating reach out programmes that can attract the younger ones into the profession,” adding that such programmes will perhaps shape their mentality, stimulate interest and career in aviation.
In line with the theme of NTEC 2017, “Raising future giants for the air travel sector,” the Director General who was represented by Captain Dapo Williams, a Safety Inspector with the authority, stressed that “competitions like this should be regular and sustained through active support by government, corporate organisations and well-meaning Nigerians to bring the best out of our youths.”
He therefore assured that the authority will not hesitate to render their support in any way possible to keep this dream alive.