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Emirates Has 130 Nigerians as Staff – Official



Emirates has said that it has over 130 Nigerians as staff, 60 of which are employed in Nigeria.

The airline debunked reports that it employs only 10 Nigerians. This was disclosed in a statement by one of its spokesperson on Sunday.

“Emirates employs more than 130 Nigerian nationals across the Emirates group, of which over 60 are employed in Nigeria and not 10 as reported in some local media.

Emirates’ operation also supports many more jobs in Nigeria’s aviation services supply chain such as in-ground handling and catering, and brings broader benefits to the Nigerian economy by supporting tourism and trade.

The airline prides itself on ‎its diversity and employs staff from more than 170 countries around the world and connects people from all backgrounds across our international network.

‎We welcome applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for available vacancies from all nationalities, including  Nigerian nationals,” the statement read.

The statement follows Senate President Bukola Saraki‘s tweet that only 10 Nigerian Air Hosts/Hostesses work for the Airline.

Saraki disclosed the information in a series of tweets. See below:

I gathered that in countries like Kenya, Emirates Airlines employs close to 1000 Kenyans in their workforce. Considering the size of Nigeria and its market — I would have expected more. Foreign airlines and companies need to hire more Nigerians.

I am sure that at the time Emirates Airlines started their route, we did not get a good deal for our people. It is time to look into this.

The Senate will work to ensure that foreign entities operating in the country hire more Nigerians. This is important for our domestic growth.

I wish the Senate Aviation Committee Chairman a speedy recovery. Once he’s back there is work to do to address this airline employment issue.

It is important to address why only 10 Nigerian air host/hostesses work for Emirates. Companies operating in Nigeria must employ Nigerians.

I encourage everyone out there with information that can help better the plight of Nigerians to let us know.


  1. Cutieylicious

    January 9, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    ….the SP didn’t even verify the gist before rushing to do numbered tweets! we like spreading rumours in this country!

    • Ck

      January 9, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      He didn’t say emirates only has 10 staff he said they only had 10 air hostesses (with the number of flights they have that’s probably 10%), and that they have 60 staff in Nigeria and 10x more in Kenya (where they probably made the airline commit to before they came on board) puts things in perspective. I’m happy Nigerian government can now think and understand that when these businesses come to Nigeria you can insist that a certain quarter of the jobs go to locals even in Ghana to create a company at least 5% of your shares must be owned by a Ghanaian or Ghanaian

      It’s extremely important that we praise our government where they do well, that’s the encouragement they need. Even while you point the wrong don’t forget to praise the little they’ve done right too so they know we see

    • Amaa

      January 9, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Also notice that he said about 130 he wasn’t specific. He should tell us how many Nigerians are employed and break it down like this . Air hostess and host
      Ground staff
      Check in staff
      Etc the HR needs to show us the head count and stop making vague statements
      Emirates has benefited from the economy and should contribute to it . In fairness to them their services are impeccable

    • #MadeInNaija

      January 9, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks and I have taken time to read his speech again. The SP gave the impression that a handful of Nigerians were employed considering the size of their (Emirates) operations in Nigeria, hence the clarification from Emirates. Ngwanu, pls let us find out the number of Nigerian Staff employed by Virgin Atlantic, BA, SAA, KLM, etc and compare/contrast to know if Emirates have cheated us or done more good to us since we (Nigeria) do not have any minimum number of Nigeria that Foreign Airlines must employ. We must establish a benchmark backed by law to guide Foreign Investors. In the Oil & Gas Industry, there is a benchmark for level of local input required in any contract.

    • Wale

      January 9, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      Don’t mind him…why doesn’t he return the 100 + imported vehicles, including the benz and bmw he bought himself; and his colleagues and buy made in Nigeria Innoson vehichles instead, so he can create jobs. Awon oni jibiti. They actually think Nigerians are stupid. They keep rubbing this in our faces Dino and Saraki, Fayose etc. A day will come…

  2. #MadeInNaija

    January 9, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks Emirates for the clarification. Enough is enough…. People should validate their information before going to Social Media. BN, LIB, other Bloggers, pls I urge you not accept any story without sighting or verifying the source. . What is happening to people? Nobody is ready to do do research and cross-check facts….Asili erika… (There is a lot of gossip). Could this be another form of illiteracy ravaging mankind like a deadly virus? Journalism is on auto-pilot to extinction.. NUJ, pls where art thou?

    • Ck

      January 9, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      REad what he wrote he said they only hire 10 air hostesses,their letter doesn’t debunk this instead it says they hire 60 people in nigeria. if his fact were wrong they would have written in the release the number of air hostesses instead they came up with other unrelated figure

    • #MadeInNaija

      January 9, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      Are we not happy that Emirates have employed 60 Nigerians (including the “”10 Hostesses””) across Cabin Crew and Ground Staff? I am sure we will be screaming blue murder + marginalization if Nigerians were employed only as cabin crew.

    • Cutieylicious

      January 9, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      They gave a reply that suits the SP! Before making such statements he cud ve bin sure of what he was saying n see if they wont answer, they banked on his ignorance to evade d question! you deal wiv ppl d way they are!

  3. Ocean Beauty

    January 9, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    But Emirates, you have not answered the question. How many Nigerians are currently employed as Cabin crew?

  4. skyhigh

    January 9, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    …see how the heard gist from an pepper soup joint and rushed to interfere …hissssss

  5. tunmi

    January 9, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    PR folks, see how Emirates answered without injecting emotion or pride. And even if the question of the number of air hostesses was not directly answered, see how it was quickly and simply sidestepped. 4 sentences, and no more.

  6. Where is our own national carrier?

    January 10, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I find it very ironic that Nigeria, a nation that cannot maintain its own national airline is going crazy over the number of Nigerians a foreign airline hires? How about creating those job opportunities for your citizens?

  7. NigerianIntheUAE

    May 21, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    I find it ridiculous the way Nigerians think. The SP has merely raised an issue that is valid and beneficial in the interest of all. If we can stick together are we really a people?
    What is the ratio of 130 Nigerians in the Emirates group ? The DNATA careers group claims Emirates currently has a staff strength of over 38000 globally. I personally believe they currently have over 60000.
    That being said 130 of 38000 is 0.342%

    is this fair?
    I don’t wanna be a rumour monger, however i have good account that the group doesn’t and will not now or in future hire Nigerians regardless of how qualified they are. The Nigerians that currently work there have dual citizenship, most especially British Citizenship. They send their oldest planes, window dressed to NG. They don’t allow Nigerians on-board to clean their planes (apparently they steal stuff). ETC
    These cannot all be a ruse.
    How many flights do these people operate to Nigeria? Since when have we seen a happy Nigerian Cabin crew happy to be tossed on a Nigerian flight to Abuja or Lagos?

    That’s all.
    Thank you.


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