Nigeria Not Harnessing Enough Opportunities In Aviation – Badus Aviation Boss
Nigeria is not harnessing the many opportunities in the Aviation industry, the Managing Director of Badus Aviation Limited, Olawale Kolade has said.
According to him, many daunting challenges faced in the sector are hindering businesses, urging the government to provide the enabling environment for the sector to thrive.
He noted shortage of foreign exchange (FX), increasing cost of purchasing equipment and training of manpower as major issues affecting the sector.
Kolade said this at a press briefing on Friday to announce the kick-off of Badus Aviation into the Nigerian aviation market.
Incorporated in 2020 and licensed by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the company is approved to maintain the Hawker, Challenger and Cessna series of aircrafts.
“I discovered over time that a lot of our big men that have aircrafts of various types usually take their aircraft out of Nigeria for maintenance.
“We discovered that there are a lot of indigenous engineers that are capable and well-trained but do not have the opportunities of doing the job in Nigeria. In view of this, I decided to invest in the industry so as to create jobs, enable our indigenous engineers to perform and to reduce the rate of moving the aircraft and jets out of Nigeria for maintenance,” he said.
Nigeria has a lot of Aircraft Maintenance and Operational Support (AMOS) certified companies in the country, however, Badus Aviation has chosen to go into the aviation market with focus on line maintenance of aircraft, Kolade said.
“This specification is peculiar to some group of people and we have discovered that the area is not being captured enough.”
“Based on this, we have tried to narrow down our maintenance operation to the private jets of individuals and to be able to perform optimally.”
According to him, the company has well-trained engineers licensed by the NCAA to operate convincingly.
“We all are facing the problem of inflation, threat and other vices here and there but I believe it is an opportunity for us to even come into the business as well and provide solution which government can equally use to improve its decision making.
“While we look to the government to solve the teething problem, I believe in the nearest future, Nigeria will become a hub for aircraft maintenance,” he stressed.
Badus Aviation boss also hinted the company has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Concorde Hangar and two others to carry out optimal maintenance services.
He said, “We will launch our operations into the Nigerian aviation market within the next one or two weeks.”
A line maintenance as it were involves pre and post take-off of the aircraft and after the arrival of the aircraft which covers categories A-F within the aircraft maintenance.
Relative to what is charged for aircraft maintenance outside of the country, the company will lower its cost to almost 20 per cent, Kolade said, “Our contributions to the Nigerian economy will come in no small measure by way of employment and training of staff.”
While lamenting the moribund state of the over 20 airports in the country, he also hinted that the company has already sealed a deal with proposed investors.