… Says watchdog role motivates aviation agencies, ministry to work harder
The director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Nuhu Musa has stated that that the watchdog role of the media has undoubtedly motivated the aviation agencies and the supervising ministry to work really hard.
He noted that with the robust contribution of the media, the agencies have attained global recognition.
Speaking while declaring opening the 2020 League of Airport & Aviation Correspondents, LAAC Training Course at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, NCAT, Zaria on Monday, the director general of NCAA who was represented by the regional managerof NCAA Kaduna, Engr. Mohammed Sani observed that the media component is almost indispensable to the entire business of aviation in the country.
Capt, Musa said that as the NCAA clocked 20 years in January, 2020, one of the groups that have been with them in the journey are members of the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents.
The NCAA boss however tasked the aviation journalists on developmental journalism, stressing that there is a plethora of issues in aviation that could be highlighted to support the notion of the media as a tool for national development.
He observed that it will be a significant development if developmental issues affecting aviation are brought to the front burner.
He pointed out that the industry has experienced zero accident in the commercial category in the last five years which is against the background of consistent successes in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Re-certification, various International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Audits and the Transport Security Administration (TSA) approvals.
He maintained that the airline operators in Nigeria have taken self regulation of their operations a notch higher and much more seriously, due to increased awareness, quality staff and additional investment in training.
In his welcome address, the Rector of NCAT, Captain Adulsalami Abubakar stated that in the last five years, the country’s aviation industry has not experienced any fatal accident, which he attributed to the training and retraining of the personnel in the aviation industry.
Captain Adulsalami said the school will continue to prioritize on its role of providing aviation manpower for the industry including and members of the aviation media for better reportage of the industry.
He stated that that the school in recent time has acquired equipment like the new Boeing 737 simulator, the fire Simulator which as been installed and awaiting commissioning as an intentional Civil Aviation Organisation training centre of excellence.
Captain Adulsalami stated further that the school has also acquired six Diamond 40 aircraft which will soon arrive the country.
In his remark, the chairman, League Of Airport & Aviation Correspondents, LAAC, Mr Olusegun Koiki expressed gratitude to the managements of all the aviation agencies in the country, especially the managements of NCAA, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB Nigeria and NCAT for their contributions towards the success and sustenance of its yearly programme over the years.
Mr Koiki observed that the volume of knowledge garnered from the trainings has significantly helped aviation media practitioners and journalists to disseminate aviation information more accurately and professionally amidst technological advancements in application of safety, security, economics and regulation of the sector.
He noted that in the last one year, NCAT as the knowledge base of the industry has embarked on aggressive drive to increase the knowledge and technical know-how of the sector, thereby enhancing its Internal Generated Revenue (IGR).
LAAC chairman lauded the management of NCAT on the recent acquisition of Boeing Simulator aircraft, including the firefighting simulator equipment in United Kingdom in the past year which further positions the institution to live up to the status of an ICAO Regional Aviation Training Centre, the class, where it rightfully belongs as an Aviation Training Organisation.
He stated that the equipment and its deployment will reduce capital flight out of Nigeria as some of the training hitherto done abroad will now be domiciled in the country.