Why Ibom Air had more non-indigenes in its employ, by Gov Emmanuel
Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has explained that lack of qualified manpower among indigenes of the state in the aviation sector was the reason Ibom Air was being dominated by non-indigenes.
He stated this during the August monthly prayer meetings held at the Government House at the weekend.
The governor, therefore, stressed that his administration was poised to train people of the state to address the imbalance.
He advised people to avail themselves of the training programmes offered by the state to enable them take up career as pilots, aeronautic engineers and other professionals in the state-owned airline, Ibom Air.
As part of efforts to address the dearth of skilled manpower in the state, he said appropriate curriculum development and education summit had been scheduled September 5 and 6 this year.
“The former technical college, Ikot Ada Idem in Ibiono Ubom Local Council of Akwa Ibom State, will be upgraded and converted to a modern skills acquisition centre to train people on entrepreneurial skills.
“We are trying to upgrade the Ikot Ada Idem Technical College to a skills acquisition centre, which would contribute to the rehabilitation of some of our youths who have fallen prey to social vices.
“For a person to fly a CRJ 900, there’s a minimum number of freighting hours he must have on the airplane. We need to have our people rated on the aircraft and we will spend money and train our people so that in a short period, we will also have Akwa Ubom names in the cockpit,” he said.
He also stated that September 1 this year had been set aside for special prayers and fasting for Akwa Ibom State preparatory to the 31st anniversary of the state creation, adding that the theme for this year’s anniversary celebration is “I believe God” and called on churches in the state to go into prayers and fasting for the attainment of peace, security and prosperity in the state.
He hinted that as part of the anniversary celebration, the state would play host to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who would be on hand to commission some life-touching projects executed by the state administration.
Emmanuel, who urged all youths to embrace education as the bedrock of development in the state and cautioned them against aligning themselves with agents of perdition, said that they should chart a Godly pathway for themselves and generations unborn.
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