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Lawmakers to assess foreign airlines recruitment pattern

The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation is putting structures in place, to enable it examine the recruitment pattern of foreign airlines that are operating into the Nigeria.

Part of their plans is to ascertain the number of Nigerians foreign airlines operating in the country absolve into both their cabin staff and technical crew (pilots and engineers).

Chairman of the Committee, Honourable Nnolim Nnaji, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja recently, said, “the parliament would also be interested in finding out the percentage of their tickets that are sold by local travel agents and at what commission.”

Honourable Nnaji stated that an audit would be done through the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

He added that, “if it is discovered that Nigeria is being shortchanged in any way, we will not allow it.”

Hon Nnaji equally noted that the country had been over generous to the airlines with unrestricted access to the Nigeria travel market, which they must reciprocate by engaging indigenous pilots, engineers and licenced cabin crew into their technical staff.

“Most of the foreign airlines are granted multiple entry points into the country. So, as Representatives of the people, we will be interested in knowing how such gestures reflect in our economy and labour force.

“It is equally important that we know the percentage of their tickets that are sold by our local agents, so that we ensure that what obtains in other climes are same here”, Honourable Nnaji further stressed.

The Committee Chairman emphasised that if it was discovered that the foreign airlines were not engaging Nigerians as part of their technical and cabin crew, the committee would seek to correct it, so that young Nigerian professionals could be employed.

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