More Than 20,000 People Compete For Jobs At Nigerian Airlines
Yesterday, the Ministry of Aviation published a disclaimer criticizing employment agencies and online scheduling services for Nigeria Air, the country’s brand-new airline.
After receiving over 20,000 applications for various kinds of posts that have neither been created nor advertised, the ministry issued the caveat emptor.
The promotion for the new airline recently acquired momentum as a result of the partners’ announcements and widespread recruitment of Boeing 737 pilots.
Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, had previously declared that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had given the new national carrier its approval. According to Sirika, the public-private partnership (PPP) model will only provide the government a 5% participation, a 46% equity share to Nigerian investors, and a 49% equity portion to foreign partners.
He predicted that the airline would employ roughly 70,000 Nigerians, outpacing the Federal Government in terms of employment creation. The airline will also support a number of international routes under the African Union’s Single African Air Transport Market Agenda (SAATM).
James Odaudu, the Special Assistant to the Minister, stated that several recruiting announcements and ads by “unscrupulous elements” posing as agents or employees of the much anticipated airline had caught the management of Nigeria Air Limited’s notice.
According to Odaudu, the agents set up a number of fictitious websites and links that were designed to be used by the public to submit applications.
He said: “We wish to inform the general public, especially those who have applied for the earlier officially advertised positions that no recruitment interviews or tests have been scheduled. All such announcements or invitations for such should be disregarded as they are the handiwork of fraudsters and scammers.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the official website is www.nigeriaair.world, and only those pre-qualified as meeting the B737 requirements will be contacted by the management of Nigeria Air Limited individually, and certainly not by public announcements.”
He continued by advising everyone who might be affected to disregard such invitations or announcements because doing so would put them at risk.
“Management appreciates the unprecedented level of interest shown by Nigerians in the airline, which has resulted in the receipt of over 20,000 applications for positions in the organisation so far, and wishes to state that the recruitment process for other positions will begin in due course,” Odaudu said.
The 70,000 employees that were slated for the start-up airline have alarmed stakeholders.
Captain Ibrahim Mshelia, the chairman of West Link Airline, believed that some of the national carrier’s expectations were unrealistic.
Mshelia pointed out that certain major airlines, including Lufthansa and KLM, employ more than 100,000 people. But he pointed out that other airlines “on our level,” such as Kenya Airways, which has 5000 employees, or Etihad, which employs approximately 14,000, could not be regarded to be comparable.
“How on earth will an airline that is a dream away or a mirage employ 70,000 people? There has to be transparency in the whole exercise,” he said.