By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The bill sent to the House of Representatives by the executive to transform the Acts of Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria has passed first and second reading now waiting for the public hearing..
The Rector of the College, Captain Abdussalami Mohammed disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Zaria.
He said, the COVID -19 pandemic is the reason of the delay of the public hearing by the National Assembly.
“Every year new innovations and new equipment are introduced and we have to keep pace with, hence the need for us to keep acquiring new equipment.”
Explaining further on the bill before the National Assembly, Captain Mohammed said it was meant to transform the college into a status of tertiary institution to enable it access TEDFUND intervention.
He said the College was established by that Act in 1964, next month it will be 55 years and since then it has not been amended and events have really overtaken it, it is outdated.
The Rector stressed the need for the Act to be amended and upgraded, adding that it would also aid the college to be officially recognised as a tertiary institution
He said even though the college conducts HND programmes, its students are called for NYSC, they sit for JAMB and they are doing everything that is being done by tertiary institutions, they don’t have access to TEDFUND.
“We have been told that this amendment to our establishment Act is fundamental to our being recognized as a tertiary institution before we can have access to TEDFUND.
Captain Abdussalami Mohammed said having access to TEDFUND will address some of their infrastructural challenges such as construction of students hostels and additional classrooms.