Stakeholders in West Africa’s air transport sector have stressed the need to eliminate corruption and indiscipline from the air transport system in order to grow the industry.
The Chief Executive Officer of Belujane Konzult Limited and former spokesman of defunct Nigeria Airways, Chris Aligbe said during the 2019 edition of Aviation Day of AKWAABA African Travel Market held in Lagos that because of indiscipline and corruption, he would not support the idea of giving government a majority stake in Nigeria’s emerging new national airline. He proposed a 5% equity for government, just for the purpose of securing a foreign cover for such airlines.
“We don’t have the discipline to manage a government-controlled equity share,” he said.
“Government needs to stop being corrupt and stop focusing on personal interest so that the economy can grow,” said Sean Mendis, Chief Operating Officer, African World Airlines.
“We need to get more disciplined as people and other things will fall into place. We also need to get our policies right,” said Chike Ogeah, Vice President, Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc.