No fewer than 127 pilots and aircraft maintenance enÂgineers trained in various countries under the Presidential Amnesty proÂgramme for former agitators in the Niger Delta returned to the country at the weekend to an elaborate reception orÂganised for them by the PresiÂdency in Lagos.Â Â Â Â Â
Speaking at the event, SpeÂcial Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, who also oversees the programme described the forÂmer agitators as law-abiding Nigerians, stressing that they never at any time engaged in militancy or violent acts and hence, should not be stigmaÂtised in the course of seeking employment.
Kuku urged airline owners and investors in the aviation and allied sectors to employ the young pilots and aircraft engineers, whom he said, were trained in the best pilot academies in the world and had returned with the requisite competence, licences and type-ratings in the most modern airÂcraft flown in the world.
â€œWe have trained these 127 (aviation professionals) at the highest level and in the best schools in the world that on the basis of competence and proÂfessionalism, no one can refuse them employment,â€ Kuku said.
Source: The SunÂ