Aviation College To Be Established In Anambra

By KayCee June 12, 2014 02:56

The Federal Government has made moves to establish a new college of Aviation in Anambra State.

The aviation college to be established at Ogbaru in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state, on completion, will be affiliated to the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, in the same state.

 Musa Babayo, chairman, board of trustees, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETF), performed the foundation laying ceremony recently.

According to Babayo, the college when completed will provide the critical facilities needed for training of first-class aviation professionals that will be used by the aviation industry, not only in Nigeria but the whole of West Africa.

“This is the idea of the president, President Goodluck Jonathan in his desire to comprehensively transform aviation, rehabilitate, consolidate and reconstruct educational infrastructure in all tertiary education institutions in the country.

 “Polytechnic Oko, is one of the beneficiaries of Mr. President’s intervention, he had intervened in so many areas in the polytechnic in capacity building, in provision of critical infrastructure, in programme upgrades, library development, in conference attendance. Today, over 100 teaching staff of Oko polytechnic are on masters and PhD degree programmes both in Nigeria and abroad, thanks to Mr. President, through the instrumentality of the Trust Fund,”according to Babayo.

He commended Stella Oduah, former aviation minister, whom he described as “a very wonderful woman, a professional to the core, someone who is diligent, passionately committed about her work, someone who has succeeded in comprehensively transforming the infrastructure in our aviation sector in such a way that it has never happen in the political history of Nigeria.

 “Nigeria aviation infrastructure is no longer the same in the sense that today, we have 22 brand new airports that are gradually emerging from their own selves. Nigeria now has a gateway because of the commitment, the fashion, drive and loyalty of this indefatigable lady from Ogbaru. This lady who has build bridges across ethnic nationalities in Nigeria, a highly detribalised person, a strong ally of our party, someone who has carried the ideal of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to a new frontier; it is the vision of the party, anchored and driven by the president, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to comprehensively transform our economy and politics. You cannot have a robust economy without the vibrant aviation sector, today because of her contribution; our rebased GDP has placed Nigeria as one of the leading and strongest economy in the Africa continent. We thank the Igboland for donating her to Nigeria, we thank the Ogbaru people for having this indefatigable daughter.”

The event also witnessed a grand reception and award with a chieftaincy title on Oduah by the people of Ogbaru as a way of appreciating her contributions.

Speaking at the occasion, Oduah said: “I have no words really to appreciate them, I don’t have any words to thank them for this except to promise them that I will make them proud as always.”







By KayCee June 12, 2014 02:56