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Corrosion in the Aviation Industry – Prof Makanjuola Oki

Aviation sector remains one of the most regulated sectors to enhance safety, processes, precautions, and delivery of air transport services and maintenance to customers worldwide. The Aeronautical Division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), held a technical lecture themed “Corrosion in the Aviation Industry” to highlight the danger of corrosion in the sector.

The guest lecturer Engr. (Prof.) Makanjuola Oki from Landmark University, Omu-Aran, gave insights to what corrosion meant and the factors responsible for such occurrence. He stated that ‘corrosion does not only affect metals, as popular opinion explains but in fact, corrosion can happen to any material and on any surface, once it is exposed to contaminants in the form of chemicals and substances that can bring about this degrading process’. He also categorized into two, the mediums that can cause corrosion, which is ‘aqueous-based and high temperature-based. He stressed on the various types of corrosion which includes but not limited to ‘atmospheric and pitting corrosion’.

In attendance were engineers, aeronautic personnel, individuals in the aviation industry and staff of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). The National Chairman of the Aeronautical Division Engr. Patrick Achurefe gave the opening speech. The meeting took place at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority Annex in Lagos.

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In another development, the Federal Government has taken delivery of a calibration aircraft worth $8.5m that will serve in the calibration of navigational aids across Nigerian airports. According to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, the aircraft would help make Nigeria’s airspace safer.

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