Governor AbdulRazaq Commits to Enhancing Aviation Training at IAC

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Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State has reaffirmed the state government’s ongoing support for the International Aviation College (IAC) in Ilorin, aiming to bolster its contribution to Nigeria’s aviation industry.

Speaking at the inauguration of the 2023 League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) Training Course at IAC on May 27, 2024, Governor AbdulRazaq, represented by Dr. Ronke Arele, Commissioner of the Ministry of Tertiary Education, announced plans to launch a new school of engineering at the college. This initiative is expected to position IAC as a premier institution for aviation engineering training in Nigeria.

Governor AbdulRazaq, who also chairs the Nigerian Governors Forum, highlighted the college’s impending memorandum of understanding with the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology in Zaria and its ongoing partnership with the Nigerian Army for Private Pilot License training.

He urged aviation journalists to focus on positive reporting about the college and the aviation sector, emphasizing their role in promoting the industry’s growth.

Captain Yakubu Okatahi, Rector of IAC, noted that aviation is the safest mode of transportation and cautioned against sensational media reports that might deter passengers. He acknowledged that while sensational headlines might attract readership, they can also harm the industry. The training course, he said, aims to deepen journalists’ understanding of aviation, promoting more balanced and informed coverage.

LAAC Chairman, Mr. Idris Suleiman, praised the training initiative, noting that last year’s course had significantly improved journalists’ comprehension and reporting of aviation matters. He acknowledged the ongoing economic challenges but expressed optimism about the sector’s resilience and the continuous production of young professionals by IAC.

Suleiman thanked the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and other sponsors for their support. He emphasized the growing importance of continuous training in the dynamic aviation sector, which creates new opportunities for institutions like IAC. He also commended the Federal Ministry of Aviation & Aerospace Development for its commitment to advancing Nigeria’s aviation industry.

“We hope that the insights gained from this year’s training will enhance our ability as aviation journalists to report more professionally, highlighting advancements in safety, security, economics, and regulation within the sector,” Suleiman concluded.

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