The Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, has said that the launching of the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) within 10 months will change the face of Nigerian aviation.
Speaking at the 2012 Annual Conference organised by the Women in Aviation (WIA), Nigeria Chapter, with the theme, ‘Woman: A Tool of Change For Aviation Transformation’ in Lagos, the Minister, who was represented by the Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Chinyere Kalu, said the theme of the conference was very timely, adding that it was coming at a time when the Minister of Aviation was transforming the aviation sector.
Kalu pointed that the GAT of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, which was built and unveiled in 10 months, was one of the several performance indicators of the current transformation.
The NCAT Rector stated that the Aviation Minister alone cannot effect all the changes in the aviation sector, and called on the WIA to join hands with the Minister to make the agenda a success.
She pointed out that for the transformation to be a total success, Nigerians must have the right attitude, must be committed and exhibit sense of seriousness, adding that if women are seeking 35 per cent slot in the present government, this is the time for women to showcase what they are capable of doing.
In her word, “If we are seeking for 35 per cent involvement of women in governance, this is the opportunity to show it”
Earlier, the President WIA, Nigeria Chapter, Mrs. Rejoice Ndudinachi, told the gathering that its 200 members are drawn from pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic engineers, Air Traffic Controllers business owners, journalists flight attendants, and Aviation Security (AVSEC) among others.
He added that WIA provides year-round resources to assist women in aviation and to encourage young women to consider aviation as a career.
Ndudinachi further explained that the group also offers educational outreach programmes to educators, aviation industry members and young people nationally and internationally.