Vanguard Newspaper 13 February 2018
36 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018
Vanguard, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018—37 By Lawani Mikairu LAGOS—DANA Air has pledged to train more Nigerian Pilots as part of the airlines deliberate policy to increase “local content” and assist in fighting the growing unemployment among Nigerian pilots in the aviation sector. This was disclosed by the chief operating officer of Dana Air, Obi Mbanuzuo while decorating two captains and three first officers of the airline who have just completed their training. The two flight officers who have just been elevated to, and decorated as Captains are Kalu Sylvester, Ibrahim Kassim as the :Vanguard :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: Dana Air pledges to train more Nigerian pilots •Decorates new pilots airline’s new Captains. The three others who were decorated as first officers are : Ilesanmi Ayotunde, Afolabi Damilola and Wahab Lawal. Mbanuzuo charged the new captains and officers to put in their best for the airline. He said the airline currently has 16 Captains and about 17 co-pilots. He also said Dana has three planes flying, two abroad undergoing maintenance and another in the country which will add to the number of the airline’s fleet when the aircraft come back from maintenance this year . The decoration of the new captains and first officers was done by Dana Air Director of flight operations, Captain Segun Omole who disclosed that the airline trained no fewer than 27 Nigerian pilots in 2017. He also said that most of the pilots were trained in Nigeria, some in South Africa and USA. Omole who enjoined the newly decorated Captains and first officers to maintain the safety records Dana Air is known for, further revealed that by the time he was employed, the airline had only two Nigerian captains who were trained on the MD 83 aircraft and the rest were foreigners, adding that today 80 percent of the workforce are Nigerians.