The Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Fidelia Njeze said the Federal Government is making efforts to reposition the nation's aviation industry.
She was speaking at the commissioning of the new TBM 850, a training aircraft purchased by the Federal Government for the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology in Zaria Kaduna state.
Mrs. Njeze noted that the commitment of the Federal Government to restoring NCAT to its pride of place was manifested in the budgetary and fiscal allocation to the college
The TBM 850 was one of the three aircraft for training purposes acquired the Ministry of Aviation. TBM850 is a multipurpose trainer aircraft, an auto-pilot trainer aircraft and a fuel system trainer aircraft.
Other training equipment acquired by the aviation college, inaugurated by the Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Fidelia Njeze, included an air ambulance, a fire tender truck and a multimedia accident investigation facility.
While inaugurating the equipment, the minister said that the new facilities would add value to the existing infrastructure and training tools to enable NCAT produce some of the best aviation personnel in the industry.
This, she said, was done essentially to provide the state of the art equipment for the college in order to meet its mandate.
She said that since inception in 1967, the college had graduated 9,985 students, noting that there had been improvement in student enrolment, purchase of aircraft for training purposes, installation of training equipment with the construction and furnishing of additional hostel blocks as well as classrooms to meet up with enrolment.