Friday, 19 February 2016

Gov. Ahmed Urges Airline Operators to Employ More Nigerian trained Pilots

Kwara Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed has called on aviation operators in Nigeria to employ more locally trained pilots.
The governor made the called on Thursday at the launching of helicopter training at the International Aviation College (IAC), Ilorin.
The helicopter training was in partnership with Nigerian Navy that donated two XAB206 Helicopters to its training fleet.
According to the governor, IAC has training facilities, structures and personnel capable of training world class pilots.
He added that the growing reputation of IAC as a Centre of Excellence in aviation industry has manifested in its partnership with various organisations, especially the Nigerian Navy and Air force.
“It is on record that IAC, Ilorin trained 25 cadets of the Nigeria Air Force in 2014, while several states and foreign governments have indicated interest in sponsoring students training in the college”, he said.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, in a message said the Navy’s partnership with IAC was to bring together “IAC’s expertise and facilities with the Navy’s rotary facilities and experience and reputation.”
Ibas noted that the partnership will reduce Navy’s dependence on foreign technical training requirements and promote local capacities in line with prevailing national policy.
Capt. Edward Boyo, the Chairman, Board of Directors of IAC, in his remarks said the college has trained pilots and other professionals for the Police, Navy and Air Force as well as civil pilots.
Source; NAN

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