Don’t Dabble Into Aviation Career You Don’t Have Flair For – Ebilah
Young girls interested in pursuing a career in aviation industry have been advised not to dabble into any profession they don’t have flair for.
The former Director of Finance, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Mrs. Elem Ebilah, gave the advice at the first Girls in Aviation Day, organised by the Glowing Wings Chapter of Women in Aviation International (WIA) at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Annex, Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos.
The former Director of Finance, who is also the guest speaker at the event, urged the over 60 students from secondary schools in Lagos that were at the forum to ensure that they enjoy whatever they do and to be truthful and serious minded.
The drive to catch them young, she stated, must not stop with organising the ‘Girls in Aviation Day,’ stressing that it should be a continuous programme.
The former Director of Finance advised the young girls drawn from Ikeja Senior High School, Agidingbi High School and Lagos Girls Anglican Grammar School to above all other things be prayerful.
She posited that before now aviation was regarded as exclusively for men but that with the birth of WIA, a Non Profit Organisation (NPO) for women who want to pursue careers in the aviation industry, more women had started venturing into all fields of aviation hitherto dominated by men.
To buttress her point, she cited the all female crew flight carried out by Aero, one of the domestic airlines in the country, adding that WIA believed in catching potential aviation professionals young.
According to her, “Today’s event is coming as the right step in the right direction. We catch them young so that we can easily replace the older professionals with the young aviation professionals.
On her part, the President, WIA, Glowing Wings Chapter, Mrs. Ify Megwa, said that the chapter is a unique one, calling on kind and spirited individuals to join hands with WIA to educate and train young girls who had shown interest in pursuing careers in the aviation industry.
She posited that the event would afford them the opportunities to interact with aviation professionals, ground handlers, services providers and airline executives.
The President stated that before now, Nigeria had women, who were appointed as Aviation Ministers to oversee the aviation industry but who had no clue as to what the industry was all about.
She said what WIA needed presently are trained women aviators to be aviation minister, adding that it could be achieved but that it was just a question of time.
Megwa declared that a woman’s place was no longer in the kitchen but in the cockpit, control tower, ramp, and tarmac, among other aviation areas.