Training college sends SOS message to Kwara govt over operations

The International Aviation College, Ilorin has appealed to the Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman Abdulrasaq to assist the state own institution remain afloat in order not to fall below recommended standard and likely shut down by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Acting Rector of the College, Capt. Yakubu Okatahi informed the governor of the urgent need for adequate funding during his visit to the college where he decorated five graduating students who have completed their commercial and private pilot license courses.

The rector commended the governor for the regular subvention to the college which has enabled the school to remain in operation.

He said the Governor’s recent release of N75m enabled the College to purchase new aircraft engine and propeller, 10,000 litres of jet-A1, and repair of the College’s fuel dump, among others.

He appealed for increased funding of the college to enable it meet all the requirements stipulated by the regulatory authority.

Capt. Okatahi told the Governor that the present Management inherited 55 students when it came on board in March, 2022 and said 27 of them had so far been graduated.

He said the College can do better with sufficient funding by the State Government.

He, however, assured the Governor that the current Management would not disappoint the state government for the trust and confidence reposed in it.

Registrar of the College, Mr. Mohammed Jimada Jibril congratulated the governor on his re-election for second term and as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).

He pleaded for the upward review of the College’s monthly subvention to enable the College implement salary structure for her staff as obtained in sister institutions like NCAT, Zaria.

The Governor, who decorated some of the graduating students, urged the College to put all its need in writing to his office.

He advised the management of the college to avoid a repeat of the mismanagement which drew back the progress of the institution with withdrawal of the Nigerian Air Force and Navy from the college.

“With effective management, I believe Aviation College can attain autonomy and self-sufficiency in terms of funding. Our aim for the school is to achieve this, instead of relying on subvention from the government,” he said.

It would be recalled that the NCAA recently lifted the restriction placed on the college to admit more students following the intervention of the governor who provided the resources for the college to meet the NCAA’s regulations.