Ex-Airways workers in US stress need for national carrier

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By Sade Williams

Members of Xwt aircrew Atlanta chapter in the United States of America, also known as ex-workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways,  have stressed the need for government in Nigeria to have a national airline in the country.

Speaking at the Xwt aircrew convention 2016, the President of the association, Wola Adegbonmire, said having a national carrier will not only transport people from place to place, but will serve as ambassadorial signpost anywhere across the world.

Adegbonmire explained that airlines do not only advertise their countries but create awareness about what the country is all about including, tourism.

According to her, the Xwt aircrew made up of former workers of the Nigeria Airways, crew among others has been duly registered with the aim of creating awareness to the defunct national airline and public charity works.

“This is a lawfully registered nonprofit organization that believe in bringing awareness to the defunct National Airline and public charity works. It is made up of former staff of the now defunct Nigeria Airways. Mostly predominant in this organization are ex cabin crew, cockpit crew and operations staff.  We currently have several chapters in the United States of America, England and Nigeria”

She explained that the organisation was deliberating on ideas including ways of developing Nigeria’s aviation sector.

While  commending members of the organisation, the President recognised the former SAHCOL boss, Dr Olu Owolabi for his various contributions in ensuring the growth of the organisation.

“I specially thank the Atlanta X-crew for a wonderful reception and making this convention a unique one. They assured us to just come and  i thank the Patron of this association in place of Mr. Olu Owolabi. He is not only supporting the association financially but in all areas to make us progressive and be in unity”

It would be recalled that Hadi Sirika, minister of State, Aviation, has said that government was ready to establish a national carrier but needs to have some necessary infrastructure such as functional Maintenance, Repair and overhaul base and aircraft leasing company in Nigeria in place before venturing into such business.

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