Why Some Nigerian Pilots Are Unemployed

Rising unemployment among young Nigerian pilots has been attributed to their inability to pass competence tests and low quality training from overseas training institutions.

Managing Director of Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Limited, Captain Akin Oni, who made this known added that inadequate flying hours is another reason why many indigenous pilots are unable to secure employment in the aviation sector.

According to him, the rising unemployment among young Nigerian pilots may be unchecked, because many young pilots do not have the mandatory 150 hours required of them to demonstrate command on any aircraft.

Oni however told Vanguard that Bristow would invest more than $500 million on the training of 20 cadet inspectors. He added that the 20 cadet helicopter pilots will be sent to the United States by Bristow Helicopters for a one year training at the academy run by the Bristow Group in America.

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