The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has raised concerns about the adverse socio-economic effects of the high emigration rate of skilled professionals on various sectors of the country’s economy.
According to the Director-General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu, in his presentation on “Mitigating the Impact of Brain Drain in the Aviation Industry in Nigeria” at the national aviation conference organized by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in Abuja, emphasized the significant challenge posed by brain drain in the Nigerian aviation sector. Explaining that the loss of skilled professionals not only affects the quality and safety of air transportation but also hampers the overall growth and development of the industry.
Prof. Matazu further stressed the need for a tailor-made plan specifically designed to address the challenges posed by brain drain, while also acknowledging the commendable efforts of the Honorable Minister of Aviation, Sen Hadi Sirika, in implementing the aviation roadmap, which has achieved remarkable success thus far,
On strategies that can be adopted to mitigate the effect of brain drain, Prof. Matazu said it is essential to invest in education and training; provide incentives to retain professionals, as well as foster partnership, and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation. Additionally that by adopting these strategies, the industry can create an enabling environment that motivates skilled individuals to remain in the country and contribute to its growth.
The national aviation conference, themed “Sustainability of the Aviation Industry in Nigeria” featured presentations from various stakeholders in the aviation sector. The event also included panel discussions and engagements aimed at identifying avenues for service improvement and ensuring the long-term viability of the industry.