Aviation stakeholders hail dissolution of AON executive

The Secretary General of the Nigerian Aviation Professionals Association (NAPA), Abdulrasaq Saidu, has said the aviation industry stakeholders have hailed the dissolution with immediate effect of the executive committee of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON).

He said the dissolved executive, led by Mr. Steve Mahonwu, and Secretary General, Mohammed Joji, and had been in office for over a decade.

A new Interim Committee has been set up to organise election that will produce members of a new executive committee for the organisation within 21 days and the high-point of the development is the outright ban placed on Joji and members of the old Exco from contesting for positions in the forthcoming election.

Saidu said the end of  the old  was a good omen for the Aviation industry which has been largely misled by the dissolved Exco.

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“Mr. Mahonwu is a respected and respectable gentleman, but he literarily surrendered the leadership of AON to Joji who ran the organisation as his private estate. In over a decade that Joji ran AON, no tangible achievement can be attributed to the organisation, safe for his often misguided outbursts and unfounded criticism of all government policies in the sector.

“Joji arrogated to himself the position of the Aviation Sector Encyclopaedia and one-man policeman, the Mister Know-it-all. Unfortunately, it was under Joji as the Managing Director of the defunct Nigeria Airways that the national airline was practically run aground. This unenviable record did not, however, deter him from claiming to know more than everyone else in the sector. We are very happy that his ignoble tenure has come to an end,’’ he said.

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But source close to Joji said that Saidu’s allegations were unfounded and warned against people throwing mud on others to actualise narrow interests.

But Saidu called on all members of AON to come together and elect a fresh executive committee would give the organisation a new lease of life, purpose and direction.

“We are particularly happy that Joji and Co have been barred from contesting the forthcoming elections. AON and in fact, the aviation industry in Nigeria, will be better off without the likes of Joji’’ at the leadership of such a critical body of Stakeholders,’’ NAPA declared.

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