Twenty-four years ago, Muhammed Abubakar was promoted to the ranks of Captain in the Aviation industry!
Over two decades ago, Abubakar walked into the office of Azman Air Services Limited searching for a medial job. He was not even sure if he would be considered for a post at the Kano-based domestic airline company, let alone become a captain!
“The experience I had from those years really helped my career in the aviation industry.”
Abubakar completed his secondary school education, and took up a casual job as an airline cleaner with Kabo Air in Kaduna. That was his first stint with the aviation industry. Although the daily wage of N200 was meager, he stayed with the job. He was later absorbed as ground staff with the airline and deployed to Maiduguri. “Abu”, as he was fondly called, said that he worked in almost all units of the airline except security.
After some years, Abubakar was employed as a member of the cabin crew with the same airline. As a result, his salary was increased to N17,000, he remained in the role for eight years.
He was later redeployed to Aero Contractor, a subsidiary of the company that operates in the oil and gas sector. He worked with the chartered service of the company as a flight attendant. As of then, the company had not commenced scheduled flight services.
“Abu” made several creative inputs to the company while working at Aero Contractor that caught the attention of the then Deputy Managing Director of the company. The two soon developed a rapport, and the Deputy Managing Director often sought the advice of young Abubakar on several occasions.
Abubakar recounted the shock he experienced when he received his first salary at Aero Contractor. He tried to return the money, thinking it was a mistake. He could not believe his salary could rise to N170,000 at aero contractor compared to the N17,000 he was earning at Kabo Air.
Abubakar decided to make good use of his sudden change in fortune to invest in himself. He joined a monthly contribution program organized by his colleagues and received a sizeable accumulated sum when it was his turn. At this point, he approached the Managing Director and sought his advice regarding his dream to become a pilot.
His boss supported him and granted his leave of absence for study. That was how Abubakar sponsored himself to Canada and earned a private pilot license which marked the beginning of his journey to where he is today.
Abubakar affirmed that the road to actualizing his dreams was filled with hurdles, but he never gave up. Today, the story of Abubakar inspires many around the world to press forward to achieve their dreams in the face of life challenges.
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