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Aviation experts call for staff re-skill in the ‘new normal’

Experts in the Aviation industry want organisations and government agencies to put in place appropriate training framework to re-skill and prepare their staff to function effectively in the new normal.

This is just as the experts advocate the establishment of a special transport bank to address financial needs of the entire transportation industry.

To achieve success, the experts at a webinar organised by the Aviation Round Table Safety Initiative, ARTSI emphasised that the anticipated government’s stimulus package should have as a deliberate policy guideline, the protection from job loss attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic for compliance by all operators in the Nigerian Aviation Industry.

A ground handling executive, Mr. Olaniyi Adigun and an airline operator, Mr. Obi Mbanuzo emphasised that government’s stimulus package for the entire aviation industry should include single-digit interest loans, bank guarantees, taxes, charge and import duty waivers.

Former Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA, Dr. Harold Demuren harped on government and aviation authorities protection of Nigeria’s investments, airlines and commonwealth through policies and a review of skewed Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASAs) to conform the prevailing global aero politics.

Participants at the meeting agreed that Aviation Security should be digitalised in passenger processing using the single facilitation while manual baggage screening by customs and other agencies should be discarded, adding that all airlines should introduce Advance Passenger Information Service (APIS) and Computer Assisted Pre-Passengers Screening (CAPPS).

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