National Aeronautical Communicators Association of Nigeria (NACAN) has urged aviation workers, especially members of NACAN, to rise to industry challenges with courage and determination to surmount all odds.
Grand Patron of the association, Capt. Ibrahim Mshelia, regretted that the nation’s aviation industry, like its counterparts globally, was going through a turbulent time, but enjoined everyone to collaborate to salvage the sector from its present precarious situation.
Mshelia, at his conferment at NACAN yearly general meeting recently, expressed hope that the industry would sail through the present predicament with efforts put in place by the present government to ensure its rebirth.
Mshelia, who is also the Chairman of West Link Airlines, called for a combined effort towards saving the industry from the present ruins occasioned by the neglect of the past and urged the industry players to avoid damaging steps that would rescue defeat from the grip of pending victory.
“Our aviation industry is passing through a very turbulent time and it is just compulsory that all of us must roll up our sleeves in a joint effort to salvage it from the present ailing state. The global aviation sector fell into an unpremeditated financial crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and is yet to recover fully from the ravishing ill-wind that swept across the sector. It is more devastating here because we were still in the struggle to match pace adequately with global practice when the calamity struck.
“However, inch by inch, we have been trudging on, with assured steps that are now bringing hope that we shall breast the tape victoriously very soon. This can only be possible if we learn to do things rightly and effect some necessary changes that we need to handle with the required dexterity.
“The fact that we have not really moved with time has culminated in obsolete equipment and the attendant stress in the discharge of duties. I am, however, hopeful that in the midst of the myriad of obstacles currently besetting the free flow of our works, due to these neglects, we shall soon come out triumphant.”
President of NACAN, George Nkambo, said the association bestowed the title on the aviation mogul in order to shore up the profile of NACAN and in recognition of the contributions of the recipient to the sector.