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Nigeria plans Aviation University

By dayan (M)January 08, 2017, 05:07:52 AM


The federal government plans to establish an aviation university to promote research, development and production of high level manpower, according to Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika.

Sirika on a  familiarisation tour of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) in Zaria, Kaduna State, yesterday said: “The aviation university will be different from NCAT; the university will be fully into research and development and production of higher level management manpower need of the industry.

“The university will go into deep research, with the hope that in the near future, we will be able to manufacture aircraft components, until when we are able to produce the aircraft itself.

“Since the technology is available around the world, is no longer a hindrance, it is our own ability and capability to pursue it.”

Citing Brazil and India, who produce aircraft, the minister said: “if such countries could do it, why not Nigeria’’.

“The technology is known, we are not reinventing it; we just put our act together in doing it. So, the university will cater for that, while NCAT will continue to provide the services in the institute,” he noted.

Commenting on the decentralisation of NCAT by the previous administration, Sirika said it was a diluted effort that would make the college less-efficient and less-capable to do what it was set out to do.

“Remember, it was the UNDP that partnered with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and Nigerian government to produce this institution.

“And it is one of its kind, so why are going to reduce its capacity and capability?. Our own task is to improve, enhance and upgrade the capacity and ability of the college to do more.

“But if somebody feels that he has funds to go and establish a facility somewhere to do some kind of training, of course, we will support him,” he assured.

Earlier, the Rector of the College, Capt. Samuel Caulcrick, said the college was the bedrock of aviation industry because the industry was highly regulated and dynamic.

He enumerated some challenges of the college to include funding and obsolete facilities which worked against its rapid growth.

The rector said NCAT had many uncompleted projects that needed to be looked into to enable it achieved the desired goals.


Re: Nigeria plans Aviation University

By dayan (M)January 08, 2017, 05:19:52 AM
Citing Brazil and India, who produce aircraft, the minister said: “if such countries could do it, why not Nigeria’’.

Yes, but you are omitting a very important difference between Nigeria and those countries:
In those countries, there is nothing like quota system when it comes to pursuit of technological infrastructure.
There are absolutely no internal politics that hinder their take off.
In Nigeria, everything is politicized.
A mere look at Nigeria's infrastructure (particularly military or ones that can be used for military) would reveal a country skewed beyond sanity. Fact is that some parts of Nigeria have more ready human resource for such projects and, if anybody is seriously hoping that Nigeria will catch up in those spheres, the projects must be located in the areas with natural inclination to such ventures.
There are Nigerians currently working for top aviation technology companies in Europe and America. They are ready to work for Nigeria if the project is located in areas that make sense to them. Else, we can still locate it politically in the power zones of Nigeria and hope for ever that we take off. And then wake up 30 years later to find that we are still at the same dreaming stages.
The DIC is a typical example.

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