IAC Ilorin Signs MOU With NCAT As 10 Soldiers Undergo PPL Training

IAC Ilorin Signs MOU With NCAT As 10 Soldiers Undergo PPL Training

The International Aviation College (IAC), Ilorin is about to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria.

The Kwara State Commissioner For Tertiary Education, Dr. (Mrs) Mary Ronke Arinde stated this today in her welcome speech at the opening session of the 2023 Annual Training of the League of Airport & Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) holding at IAC Ilorin, May 27 to 31, 2024.

Speaking on behalf of the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq (CON), Arinde said “the State Government has created the enabling environment for the College to collaborate with sister institutions to promote Aviation Sector. As we speak, arrangements have been concluded on Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between International Aviation College (IAC), Ilorin and Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria

Let me use this opportunity to inform you that any moment from now, the Management of IAC, Ilorin will be heading to Abuja or Zaria to sign the MoU with NCAT, Zaria.

Gentlemen of the press, please permit me to add at this juncture that IAC, Ilorin is presently in partnership with the Nigerian Army in the area of training. As a matter of fact, the Chief of Army Staff has sent down ten (10) Army Officers to IAC, Ilorin for Private Pilot License (PPL) Training. I want to assure you all that the College is determined to complete the training within the stipulated period of six (6) months. In other words, the Army Officers’ Training is holding concurrently with the training of about forty (40) Flight Dispatchers most of whom are nominees of the various sixteen (16) Local Government in Kwara State.”

She pledged the unalloyed support of the state government to LAAC and other stakeholders in aviation industry with a view to moving the sector to the next level.

“The State Government will continue to support her own Aviation College within her limited resources in all aspects. We have done so many for the College since this present dispensation in the State came on board in 2015 and we will continue to do more with a view to repositioning the College for effective service delivery.

It would interest you to note that the State Government is considering the request from the Management of IAC, Ilorin for the establishment of School of Engineering, as this will not only boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the College, but will also position the School to access tetfund intervention. Other requests from the College like establishment of short courses, like cabin crew is also receiving the attention of the State Government,” she added.

In his remarks, the Chairman of LAAC, Mr. Idris Suleiman said: “We are hopeful that lessons from this year’s training will significantly help us as aviation media practitioners and journalists to disseminate information even more professionally, highlighting technological advancements in the application of safety, security, economics and regulation of the sector. I am confident that the training will further empower us to play our role as the fourth estate of the realm.”

“This is the second time that LAAC is undergoing this annual training here at the International Aviation College, Ilorin after experiences of similar trainings for decades at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology NCAT, Zaria, and you can testify that differences in the knowledge and skills we gathered from this training last year, has not only sharpened our understanding of the aviation industry, it also reflected significantly in our coverage and reportage of the industry’s events,” Suleiman added.


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Albinus Chiedu

Albinus Chiedu is a journalist, aviation media consultant, events management professional, and author. He has practiced journalism since 2000.

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