Wednesday 29 August 2012

Nigerian Aviation College NCAT, Zaria not for sale -Aviation Miniistry


Rather, she said government believed in growing and repositioning the institution to rank among the best aviation training centres in the world.

Oduah gave the assurance in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by Mr Joe Obi, her Special Adviser on Media.

The statement said she gave the assurance at the end of a meeting she held with the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

It added that the institution must be made to grow through a deliberate policy of professionalisation, partnership and collaboration with other reputable aviation training institutions around the world.

``I am an apostle of non-privatisation or concessioning of government institutions but an apostle of professionalistion.

``Government is not doing concession or privatisation but partnerships and collaboration.

``The government means well for the sector and therefore needs to build, rebuild and continue to build the sector in order to achieve the goal of transforming it as the main catalyst for the socio-economic growth of the nation.

``'Government has carried out a serious systems audit for the aviation sector and has realised its importance to the overall economy.

``That is why we must give it all the necessary push to play its pivotal role for the nation's economy,’’ she said.

The statement quoted the minister as denying claims that the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) funds were withdrawn without due approvals.

``She said the money was still in the custody of CBN. Nobody can gain access to it without presidential and legislative approvals.

``It is absolutely impossible for anybody to access that fund without all necessary approvals.

``The money is in the CBN, and as I speak with you, the money has not been spent, even though we are subsequently going to spend what has been approved.

``Above all, the CBN must certify that you have followed all the processes before they can allow any withdrawals.

``In summary, all envisaged processes have been followed and the necessary approvals secured. Nobody can therefore access that fund fraudulently or otherwise,’’ it added.
According to the statement, the National President of the NAAPE, Capt. Isaac Balama, pledged their support to the growth of the industry.

He added that the association was ready to encourage its members to work with the minister to enable her to achieve her vision for the industry.

``We are interested in making this industry work and support the government. We dissociate ourselves from the people who are not interested in the growth of this sector.

He also enjoined those committed to moving the sector forward to join hands to move it forward.

Present at the meeting was Dr Harold Demuren, the Director General of NCAA. (NAN)


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