Posted by Sade Williams
Senator Hadi Sirika, Minister of State for Aviation, on Saturday, commissioned the multi-million naira International Civil Aviation Organisation approved Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Training School, the Aviation Clinic, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) Centrex and other projects at Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos.
Last year, during the Airport Council International (ACI) meeting in Mauritius, FAAN training school was designated as an ICAO training centre.
FAAN’s Managing director, Engr. Saleh Dunoma, had last year said that, ‘one of the advantages of the training centre is that it will make it easier for member countries to train their personnel in Nigeria and it is also cheaper for them to come to Nigeria to be trained, rather than going to United Kingdom, United States and other countries around the world.
Another advantage, he said is that there will present more opportunity for those in the region to get trained.
“You know when cost is not really a factor; more people will be factored in for training. There is also accessibility for trainees and the weather conditions are favourable in Nigeria, while the learning facilities are fantastic and new.
“For ICAO to designate us as a training centre, you will know that everything that we needed to put in place have been put in place. The training facilities are up to date. The instructors will be coming from all over the world and they are ICAO trained instructors.”
Sirika, while commissioning the facilities at the weekend, said that training and retraining is very paramount to the aviation industry.
“We commission this project with the hope that it will benefit FAAN, aviation industry and Nigeria as a whole. We have established a world class aviation Training School, we have been certified by ICAO and designated Global Training Centre of Airports”, he said.
On Aviation Security, he stated that security took centre stage after the 9/11 terrorist attack in the United States and that Nigeria must be up to speed with what is going on other parts of the world in terms Aviation Security.
At the commissioning of Aviation Clinic, Sirika said that the facility, which has world class equipment would serve the medical needs of the aviation sector.
He also commissioned the NAMA centrex which serves as training and logistics centre.
Other projects commissioned by Sirika includes: Instrument Landing Systems(ILSs) at the airside of MMA, the Nigeria Meteorological Agency(NIMET) pilot briefing room, office complex NAMA at its headquarter annex, radio communication system at Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON) site, passenger Information Board at General Aviation Terminal (GAT). Centrex building for workshop, logistics and training built by NAMA, and training and Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) Clinic at Oshodi.
“We commission these projects with the hope that it will benefit the aviation industry”, he added.