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AirPeace wins Safety Engineer’s award, regrets dearth of manpower in aviation

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Corporate Communications Manager of Air Peace, Mr. Chris Iwarah (right) receiving the carrier’s safety award from the National Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers (NISE), Mr. Adeyemi Oyedepo (2nd right) and a guest at NISE 2017 Conference/Annual General Meeting in Lagos on

Nigeria’s leading airline, Air Peace has added another feather to its caps of achievements as the Nigerain Institution of Safety Engineers, NISE Honours it with the award of recognition of its “promotion and support for the practice of Engineering Safety in Nigeria”.

The award ceremony in Lagos, the airline’s chairman, Mr. Allen Onyema  charged the Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers (NISE) to focus on developing the right skills to put Nigerian engineers fully in charge of engineering services in the aviation sector.
The Air Peace boss, regretted the dearth of modern engineering manpower in the Nigerian aviation sector, insisting that airlines were compelled by the development to resort to expatriates for most of their maintenance and other engineering operations.
Speaking at the conference tagged: “Assuring Public Safety in Nigeria – The Roles of Safety Engineers,” Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema assured that the carrier was uncompromising in its approach to matters of safety.
Onyema, who was represented by the Corporate Communications Manager of Air Peace, Mr. Chris Iwarah, assured that he was anxious to see the end of the current trend where domestic airlines relied on expatriates for their major engineering operations.
He, however, insisted that Nigerian engineers must first deepen their capacity for handling aircraft maintenance before airlines would be comfortable to fully put them in charge of catering to their engineering needs.
Air Peace, Onyema said, was spending billions of foreign exchange on maintenance of its aircraft overseas in line with its high safety standards. The availability of a corps of technically empowered Nigerian engineers, he said, would help the airline realise its vision of employing local talents and growing the nation’s economy.
He described the award by NISE as a priceless testament to the high standard of the airline’s safety practices and flight operations.
Onyema praised NISE for recognising and rewarding excellence, saying the institution had continued to ensure high safety practices in the country against all odds.
Presenting the award to Air Peace, the National Chairman of NISE, Mr. Adeyemi Oyedepo commended the carrier for running an excellent safety regime.
He affirmed that the carrier had continued to distinguish itself in the Nigerian aviation industry on account of the quality of its safety programme.

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