The Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has said that he Buhari administration is bent on establishing an Aviation University to train highly qualified professional managers for the air transport industry in Nigeria
Senator Sirika disclosed the government’s plan during an inter-active session with members of the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondent (LAAC), on sundry issues affecting the industry.
The minister noted that government discovered that one of the problems be-devilling airlines in the country was poor management and that once the country is able to have Aviation managers produced by the proposed university to handle all aspects of administration and management, sky is the limit for the development and growth of Nigeria domestic airlines.
Senator Sirika said some “people have the wrong notion that once you are a pilot or an engineer you can successfully manage or administer an airline without adequate training in the art of aviation management. This is what we want to correct with the establishment of the Aviation University”.
He pointed out that since the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology(NCAT) was established over 50 years ago, the institution has not gone beyond producing pilots and engineers with basic licence, adding that the country must move beyond that by producing aircraft designers, scientists in every field of aero-dynamics apart from the training of aviation managers.
Senator Sirika said it was a shame that trainings in Aviation Fire and Safety were being carried in Cameroun for Nigeria and not in NCAT, adding that “ all that has to stop”.
He also stressed the need for diversification into other areas of the industry such as private driven establishment of Maintenance, Repairs and Overhaul(MRO) centres in Nigeria to end the era of carrying out aircraft maintenance by operators outside Nigeria, thereby saving costs and provide employments for the citizens.
He assured that government was ready to provide support and enabling environment for such would be investors.