Imo Air, operated by Dana Air, has interviewed over 400 indigenes of Imo State for employment in the airline.
The accountable manager of Dana Air, Mr. Obi Mbanuzuo, said the exercise was conducted in fulfillment of the pledge made by the Imo State governor, Mr. Rochas Okorocha during the launch of the airline in January 2017.
“We have commenced recruitment of Imo State indigenes to occupy various positions in the airline and the process will be in batches.
“During the interview which commenced in the first week of February, over 400 Imo indigenes participated in the process. We prepare to hit the ground running with a number of initiatives to better impact the indigenes of the state and the South East at large.
“Definitely, all qualified candidates will be absorbed and as an airline committed to giving back to the society we are already looking at other areas to impact and contribute our quota to increasing the traffic into Imo state, to make the state an investment and tourism hub in the south east.
“We intend keeping to the promise of the governor and at the same time we are trying not to over bloat our workforce. Dana Air was selected to manage Imo Air as a result of our consistency, on-time performance, world-class in-flight service, and shrewd managerial style and we intend sticking to this style just so we can match-up to the operational challenges in the industry,” he said.
Mbanuzuo quoted Okorocha as remarking: “We want people to visit Imo State for both business and pleasure and going into an airline business was just a perfect business decision, considering that Imo state is the fastest developing city in Nigeria at the moment.
And as you know, tourism and aviation are a perfect combination; one cannot work without the other. We are also monitoring the progress of work at the Cargo International Airport and hopefully in April or May, we will receive the first cargo plane in Imo State. Imolites should expect more Imo-centric initiatives and very soon, the 10 per cent discount for Imo indigenes will also be unveiled.
“We are still working out the modalities and we want to prove to the world that this administration walks the talk and doesn’t just pay lip service to projects.”