April 16, 2024

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NAAPE, NAFSA, collaborate to enhance air safety, protect members’ interest

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3rd from right: Engr. Abednego Galadima, President, NAAPE, Comrade Sunday Ugbeikwu, President NAFSA, the duo are surrounded by the exco members of the two unions at the NAAPE secretariat, Ikeja, Lagos

The leadership of the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), and the Nigerian Aviation Fire and Safety Association (NAFSA), have agreed in principle to collaborate, share ideas to enhance safety, and raise the bar in air transport operations in Nigeria.

The first draft of the mission statement for the proposed partnership emerged from the preliminary discussion on Tuesday, when the executive council members of NAFSA paid a courtesy visit to the NAAPE’s secretariat, in Ikeja, Lagos.

Welcoming the guests to the secretariat, the President of NAAPE, Engr Abednego Galadima, pointed out that the two professional bodies were driven by a single common goal which is the continuous improvement of safety.

Galadima noted that with a wider and broader spectrum of cooperation among diverse professional groups in the aviation value chain, the more robust will the industry be, and the more committed will workers will be to their statutory duties thus safety will be served.

He said aviation is safety driven and as such, no amount of collaborations and partnerships will be too much as safety is not a destination but a journey that is a continuum.

Galadima stated thus, “In labour movement, the more the merrier. Aviation is a safety-critical industry and teamwork is very important. We have collaborated with NATCA and as a result, we have NAAPE, NATCA forum where we share ideas on how to move the industry forward. Now that NAFSA wants to also collaborate with us, we welcome you with open arms”.

In his remark, the President of NAFSA, Comrade Ugbeikwu Sunday, said the association believes in collaboration and partnership to enable excellent service delivery as aviation is about service delivery at a premium.

The NAFSA President pointed out that as a professional body, the association protects the interest of its members in particular and also promotes safety and growth in the aviation sector in general.

Aviation, he said is a safety-driven sector, adding that with robust collaboration, aviation safety would further be enhanced.

Ugbeikwu said “We cannot pursue the course of our members without the assistance of these unions. The collaboration is to support, and partner more to move the industry forward.”

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