When the Senate resumes from the Christmas and New Year holidays soon, one organ that has its work cut out already is the Aviation Committee, according to Senate President Bukola Saraki.
In a series of tweets on his personal handle on Friday night, Dr. Saraki noted based on the volume of business they do in Nigeria, foreign airlines operating in the country ought to be partners in progress to the country rather than just parasites.
Saraki wondered, for example, “why only 10 Nigerian air host/hostesses work for Emirates,” unlike in other African countries where the United Arab Emirates-based airline operates like Kenya.
“I gathered that in countries like Kenya, Emirates Airlines emloys close to 1,000 Kenyans in their workforce (and) considering the size of Nigeria and its market- I would have expected more,” he stressed.
The Senate, he assured, “will work to ensure that foreign entities operating in the country hire more Nigerians. This is important for our domestic growth.”
“Companies operating in Nigeria must employ Nigerians,” he added, urging everyone with useful information that can help better the plight of Nigerians to bring such to the attention of the Senate.
“Foreign airlines and companies need to hire more Nigeria,” he stressed noting that the problem may have been that at the time the airlines started their Nigerian route, the Federal Government did not cut a good deal for the benefit of the people.
Even then, he continued, “it is time to into this,” he added, adding that “the senate will work to ensure that foreign entities operating in the country hire more Nigerians. This is important for our domestic growth.”
While wishing the chairman, Senate Aviation Committee, Senator Muhammad Adamu speedy recovery, the Saraki said upon his return, “there is work to do to address this airline employment issue.”