By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria.
The Federal Government will continue to improve, enhance the capacity of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, NCAT Zaria to train and provide manpower development for the Aviation industry in Nigeria.
Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika disclosed this while responding to questions from Journalists in Zaria during his working visit to NCAT at the weekend.
Senator Sirika said NCAT is not 100 percent okay, but there is room for improvement and with the support from government, the College will be able to achieve what is expected from it.
“I have no doubt in my mind knowing fully well govt may not in the very long future be able to do everything, but the college should positioned itself by bringing more students and provide some services in some special areas such as Solar training”.
According to him, NCAT is the only aviation college that have its own Airport with a very elaborate training facilities and students comfort that encourage students academically.
On the proposed Aviation University, Senator Sirika said it is completely different from NCAT because it will only focus on research and development as well the training of high level manpower in the aviation industry.
The Minister advised the NCAT management to use the opportunities they have now to forward all their needs to him as an old boy to give his own contributions to the development of NCAT.
“Government is committed towards upgrading the college programmes and activities to meet the global challenges as something must be done first by improving the standard of the college and retaining the experience retired staff of the college for service delivery”.
Senator Sirika expressed his happiness over what he described as infrastructural development the college is enjoying, yet the manpower has a lot of task to accomplished.
The Minister inspected palaces like encroached land by some neighboring communities and dilapidated facilities and uncomplicated projects in the college.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Rector of the College Captain Samuel Akinyele Caulcrick said NCAT has undertaken training programmes to meet the both national and international requirements and also provided a non aviation training in specific areas such as computer equipment maintenance and satelite communication principles.
He appealed to the Minister to wade into the issues of land encroachment the college is facing.
Captain Akinywle called for improve funding to enable the college compete with world wide aviation training institutions.
By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria.