FG To Purchase 20 New Aircraft

[caption id="attachment_19339" align="alignnone" width="750"]Hadi Sirika, Minister of State for Aviation[/caption]

Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika has announced that the Federal Government has commenced plans to purchase 20 new aircraft for the Aviation College.

The minister, who disclosed this at the launch of the a aircraft in Zaria said the purchase is to ensure that the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria becomes a centre of excellence.

According to the Minister, the new aircraft would improve the training capacity of the college.

He observed that the current aircrafts in use were highly expensive to maintain, adding that the college would now be more competitive and dynamic in the global aviation industry.


“I am aware of efforts by NCAT to run National Diploma and Higher National Diploma, be rest assured, you will have our full support and that of the president,” the minister said.

The minister charged staff of the college to seek for more knowledge in view of the fact that the world had changed from resource based economy to knowledge-based.

Speaking earlier, the Rector of the college, Capt. Abdussalami Mohammed said currently there were 29 trainer aircraft in the college.

“These aircraft used for ab-initio training TB9, Trinidad TB20GT and Beech Baron 58 are old, the earliest being purchased 15 years ago and quite expensive to fuel and maintain,’’ he said.


He thanked the minister for its concern towards the college, adding that the new trainer aircraft would significantly improve the flight training experience and reduce operating cost.

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