NIGERIA AVIATION INDUSTRY
Just barely two months fifty days, one thousand two hundred and forty-eight hours, seventy four thousand and eight hundred minutes, and four million four hundred and ninety two thousand, eight hundred seconds ago, the nation was in a morning period when it experience a national disaster in the aviation sector (Bell View Plane Crash) that crash landed in Ifo local government of Oguns State which claim a hundred and seventeen lives with no survival and the Black Box yet to be found.
Not up to a Month another plane crash happened in Kaduna the Northern part of the country which claim about two lives with the son of the present PDP National Chairman Ahmadu Ali who was the chief pilot to that plane.
Just two days ago it was reported that an air crash involving a private airline’s plane (sosoliso) crashed in Port-Harcourt River state capital after take off from the nations Federal capital Abuja at about 12.18pm and crashed at the Port-Harcourt air port 2.00pm when it ran into a thunderstorm. 103 passengers died instantly and were all burnt beyond recognition which also included over fifty students of the elite school, Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja who were returning home for the Christmas holiday.
The River state government also lost some of its notable personality in the crash like the river state commissioner for education Prof. Thompson Okujagu, river state former managing director of Rison Palm, Mr. Isaac Okeni and the architect who designed the newly inaugurated river state government house that was commissioned by the president federal republic of Nigeria GCFR Olusegun two weeks ago.
The big question is what is the cause of all these plane crash?
Is it that we lack trained personnel in the aviation sector?
Is it that the Minister of Prof Babalola Aborishade is not up to the task? A whole professor at the aviation department of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife.
Is it that our pilots are not well trained? (America registered and approved pilots).
Is it that our airlines are too old to fly after being privaterlized?
The solution I will give to the government is to adopt the same method they did in the banking sector give the aviation industry a minimum amount of years that a fairly used aircrafts should use before being flown to the country for commercial purpose.
Also the government should pass a law that any aircraft that crash due to negligence on the side of the company should pay a huge amount of fine to the government and aircraft should not be allowed to fly until further notice.
In addition, the government should also pay attention to the railway, since it is the safest means of transportation. In foreign countries like United state, Great Britain, Japan etc. people work in a place twenty thousand kilometers (20,000km) away from home and come back every day the only system of transportation they do this is via the railway which are top government officials and those who have gone abroad can bear me witness.
In conclusion, I will be very appreciative and also the people of Nigeria will also appreciate it if these suggested ideas are taken into consideration.