By Oduyemi Odumade
The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation Technology has cautioned key players in the airspace industry, against actions that could compromise safety standards nationwide.
The Chairman of the Committee on Aviation, Mr. Thomas Ereyitomi gave the warning in Abuja during an interactive session with Management staff of the Federal College of Aviation Technology, Zaria.
The Chairman of the commitee pledged his readiness to ensure effective oversight of all Nigerian Airspace and the aviation sector at large.
During the meeting, the Rector of the College, Captain Modibbo Alkali who informed the lawmakers that their major challenge is funding said that under his leadership several awards have been won.
While responding to questions from the Chairman of the commitee on what the college is doing to absolve graduating students, Capt. Alkali explained that though their training takes longer than usual, graduating students from the college are doing extremely well.
The Rector told the lawmakers that his college is fully funded by the Federal Government adding that some agencies are owing them huge amounts.
He explained that some government agencies such as the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA are owing even as they continuously train and retrain their workforce across the country.
He equally informed the commitee that most NEMA staff trained under them are doing perfectly well because of the quality of training they offer.
The Rector who stated that the college has been in existence for 59 years stressed that some factors usually cause delay in students graduation like bad weather condition.
Lawmakers during the occasion observed that delaying students in a course that should have been a two year programme for three years and above should be discouraged stressing that such inability to meet up should be blamed not on the students but on the college and its lecturers.
They further warned the college not to unnecessarily delay students for years because of their inability to meet up, advising the college on the likelihood of changing the students course.
Edited By Grace Namiji
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