Sirika commissions projects at NCAT
Alhaji Hadi Sirika, Minister of State for Aviation commissioning Airfield Ground Lightening Laboratory at NCAT, Zaria, Kafuna State on Monday being assisted by the Rector of the college, Capt. Abdussalami Mohammed

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.

Sirika commissions NCAT project
Alhaji Hadi Sirika, State Minister for Aviation commissioning projects at NCAT, Zaria, Kaduna State on Monday

“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.

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