CHAIRMAN, LEAGUE OF AIRPORT AND AVIATION CORRESPONDENTS (LAAC), MR. OLUSEGUN KOIKI DURING HIS REMARKS AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 2022 LAAC TRAINING COURSE AT NCAT, ZARIA ON MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2022
Koiki said this during flag-off of the 2022 League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) annual NCAT Training Course that with an expression of gratitude to the management of NCAT and the various aviation agencies in Nigeria for your contributions towards the success of this programme over the years.
“We are also grateful to God Almighty that despite the outbreak and the fierceness of Covid-19 pandemic that has disrupted programmes of this nature in recent times and the global economies, this programme has continued to run.
LAAC Chairman noted that the global aviation industry in 2021 restarted with fresh hopes after the devastating effect of the pandemic. According to him which grounded to a halt the world’s economies, but as the world gradually began to show re-bounce, the pandemic came with various variants with the latest being Omicron.
“The outbreak of Omicron once again led to global panic and discriminatory border closures, visa regimes and Covid-19 protocols, which unsettled growth the world over, thereby, negatively affecting air travel. Thanks to medical research as airports have been opening up in phases, albeit gradually.
Surprisingly, he said Nigeria’s aviation industry has since the beginning of 2021 commenced a reawakening with speed. He further stated that More local airlines have received Air Operators’ Certificates (AOCs) from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and over 10 AOCs are still being processed according to Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General of NCAA.
“The vision of investment in airports in the form of concessions is being piloted by the Federal Ministry of aviation. Passenger traffic is picking up. The critical place of training in the sector has increased and by implication, created more opportunities for NCAT to harvest the ripe field of training adventures.
Koiki acknowledged that there is no doubt that the volume of knowledge gathered from the training under this programme has significantly helped us as aviation media practitioners and journalists to disseminate aviation information more professionally and accurately amidst technological advancements in application of safety, security, economics and regulation of the sector. I am confident that this year’s training will further empower us to play our role as the fourth estate of the realm and in advancing the course of the industry, he added.
He applauded NCAT for the visible drastic improvements that have been recorded between when we came for training in February 2020 and now. Unfortunately, we couldn’t embark on the course in 2021 due to the continuous effect of the pandemic in the sector,he said.
LAAC Chairman noted that however, we observed that the introduction of NCAT off-campus programmes has, as expected, provided the opportunity for more people to have access to aviation careers and certifications. This is a positive phenomenon, considering the industry’s manpower challenges, he stressed.
“The year 2022 is still relatively young and it provides another opportunity for Nigeria as a nation to make progress as regards aviation development. He said LAAC wishes to use this forum in the spirit of patriotism, to appeal to the various stakeholders and aviation authorities in Nigeria to show more commitment towards overall development of the sector.
“You will agree with me that the partnership between LAAC and NCAT cannot but grow higher and higher adding that LAAC will continue to support NCAT in pursuing its goals and objectives and ensuring that NCAT furthers its performance in the global aviation training market.
In his words: As we commence this training, I appeal to our instructors, residents of NCAT and the entire Zaria community to accord us the usual hospitality that we have enjoyed over the years during the programme.
Koiki solicited colleagues to remain focused and demonstrate the expected level of discipline and good conduct during our stay.