The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has said that ensuring aviation safety would be impossible without training and retraining of personnel.
Sirika stated this shortly after commissioning training facilities at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria on Monday, May 27.
The minister, a retired pilot, explained that the facilities were meant to boost the training of professionals in the aviation sector.
He further reiterated the Federal Government’s desire to transform the college into a world-class aviation training centre.
Sirika said, “You can only ensure maximum safety when you have a well-trained aviator, whether it is a pilot, engineer, traffic controller or cabin crew.
“The focus of this administration is to ensure that this institution has grown to where it is and beyond.
“Currently, it is a regional training centre of excellence for International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and most of the projects we have inaugurated were started during this administration.
“Just recently also, we bought a fire fighting simulator worth about N5.2 billion to be installed here in Zaria for training purposes.”
The newly-installed Diamond Trainer Aircraft Simulator, College Automated Centre, Advanced Guard Security System, Airfield Lighting Laboratory, and renovated classrooms were some of the projects commissioned by the minister at the college.
The Rector of NCAT, Captain Abdulsalam Mohammed, hailed the Federal Government for providing the facilities, adding that the advanced guard security system, using closed circuit television cameras, was installed to assure the security and safety of the college’s facilities.
Mohammed stated that the renovated classrooms would give the school a modern outlook.