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The Story of Mohammed Abubakar, a Former Aircraft Cleaner Who is Now Being Decorated to Become a Captain 24 Years After

A former aircraft cleaner identified as Mohammed Abubakar has been lauded and celebrated by his employer after he got his Fourth Bar and on the path to become a Captain.

Mohammed, according to a tweet posted on twitter by his company, started his career with them 24 years ago as an aircraft cleaner.

This Nigerian man started working as a cleaner at Air Azman about twenty-four years ago. But how he went on to become a cleaner is also an interesting story. After finishing his school, he went to Kaduna to get enrolled in Kaduna Polytechnic. Unfortunately (or fortunately), he was late and failed to get the admission.

The company tweeted:

He Joined the Aviation industry 24 years ago as Aircraft Cleaner. Today He is getting the Fourth Bar to becoming a CAPTAIN. Congratulations Mohammed Abubakar from all of us @AirAzman

The post has since gone viral and so many Nigerians have reacted to the success story of Mohammed with many being of the opinion that it could only be attributed to the man’s doggedness and if every Nigerian can emulate him, the country will be a better place.

Being unemployed was not on the mind of Mohammed Abubakar and so, he took up the casual job of an aircraft cleaner. It was a small amount of money and many thought that he wouldn’t last for long in this menial job. But Abubakar persisted and was soon, employed as the ground staff. He learned a lot about the aviation industry.

After a solid performance, Abubakar got the chance to become a cabin crew member at an amazing salary. Later on, he moved to Aero Contractors as a flight attendant. When Aero Contractors started doing scheduled services, he provided some valuable input which helped the company. Pleased by his cooperation, the Deputy Managing Director gave him a huge salary. He was shook.


But he did not spend the money right away. He talked to the the managing director, took his advice and went on to fulfill his dream: becoming a pilot.


Written by How Africa

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