President Buhari has revealed that one of his targets he has for the nation is that Nigeria should be on the list of aircraft producing countries of the world. Apart from the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology in Zaria, Buhari plans to establish an aviation university in Nigeria in order to achieve this feat.
Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, according to the Nation confirmed this when he visited the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, (NCAT) Zaria on Saturday, 7th of January.
Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation.
According to the former pilot, the proposed aviation university would be totally different from the present one. The higher institution would be made to focus more on research and production. His words below;
“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. Since the technology is available around the world, is no longer a hindrance, it is our own ability and capability to pursue it. 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.”
The minister also made it known to the public that Brazil and India are already producing aircrafts and sees no reason why Nigeria should not be on the list. He also added that the task ahead of them is to help enhance, improve and upgrade the capacity and ability of the upcoming university.