Ibrahim Mshelia, MD, Mish Aviation
Managing Director of Mish Aviation, Ibrahim Mshelia has said that manpower development in the aviation sector was one of the key factors to improving aviation in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
Mshelia made this known in his presentation/career talk,’ The Exciting World of Aviation’ to children of Olashore International School, Iloko, Osun state
According to the aviator who has had three decades in the industry, 63 per cent of captains flying today would be retired in the next five years, so massive training of core aviation manpower was needed in the country.
He said that for now, government was concentrating on upgrading the airports and other infrastructure and was doing extremely well and asked state governments to also take the bull by the horn and train at least 20 students from each state as it will go a long way to ameliorate the problem.
He explained that in Nigeria, the plum jobs of piloting and engineering was fast becoming the one for expatriates alone and said that the trend could be changed if children become more interested in aviation to want to delve into the field.
He further said the civil aviation involved manufacturing of aircraft and airline operations but in Africa there was no aircraft production which limits the field to airline operations, which he said was also lucrative.
Mshelia told the students that the professional fields they could enter in aviation included piloting, engineering, air traffic controlling and even becoming cabin executives.
These fields, he explained, opened a wide variation of opportunities to enthusiasts who want to go into the field.