Mohammed Abubakar was hired 24 years ago as a plane cleaning agent at Air Azman in Nigeria, and after braving the obstacles, he climbed the ladder to become captain.
When Mohammed Abubakar joined Azman Air Services Limited, the Nigerian national airline based in Kano 24 years ago, he never imagined it would be so high.
However, his hard work and determination paid off after he received his fourth medal, making him a captain. The story of Mohammed Abubakar went viral when one of his colleagues shared photos of him on Twitter.
“He joined the aviation industry almost 25 years ago as an aircraft cleaning agent. Today, he gets his fourth medal to become CAPTAIN. Congratulations Mohammed Abubakar @AirAzman “.
After graduating from high school, Mohammed Abubakar got a casual job as a plane cleaning agent at Kabo Air in Kaduna. “It was during the Hajj, and I earned $ 0.56 a day, although many thought I would not do it because of the meager salary. Later, I was promoted to ground staff with the airline in Maiduguri. During my service in the company, I worked in almost all units except security. It helped me a lot in the aviation sector, “recalls Abubakar.
Over time, he was hired as a member of the cabin crew after a good performance during an interview in Kaduna, where he served Kabo Air for 8 years, with a salary of $ 48 a month. He then joined Aero Contractors, in the oil and gas section of the company as a flight attendant, where he worked with their charter services, as the company was not in scheduled flight services at that time. He gave some advice, which allowed the Assistant General Manager of the company to take note and both have developed a good professional relationship.
Abubakar remembers his first salary at Aero Contractors that he wanted to give because he did not expect a similar amount.
“That’s because my salary at Kabo Air was $ 48 and what I paid at Aero Contractors was $ 477, so I could not believe it,” he said.
He decided to save and invest a lot of money to improve his skills. “I signed up for a meeting with my colleagues, and when it was my turn to receive the contributions, it was a considerable amount of money. So I went to see the general manager and asked him for advice on my dream of pilot training. He was so happy and supported me.That’s how I managed to pay for the training to get a pilot license in Canada and I became an airplane pilot. “
Abubakar says the trip to realize his dream has often been difficult and he even considered giving up. “But I managed to overcome his difficulties, and here we are today.”