The Nigeria College of Aviation Technology Zaria has been recognised by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as the best in the world in the training of flight instructors.
This was disclosed in a statement made available by the Dr. James Odaudu, the special assistant on public affairs to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.
Presenting the Global Aviation Training Platinum Excellence award to the college at the ongoing ICAO Global Implementation Support Symposium in Istanbul, Turkiye, the ICAO secretary-general, Juan Carlos Salazar said the organisation remains very proud of its achievements as a training centre of excellence.
The organisation will continue to support member nations in achieving its objectives of ensuring air transport safety and particularly commended the efforts of the Federal Government in repositioning the nation’s aviation industry, according to him.
Since the inception of the Buhari administration, the International Civil Aviation Organization has recognised NCAT Zaria as the Regional Center of Excellence, Africa (Platinum category); for having the highest number of trained instructors in the world and the highest number of trainees in ICAO training packages in the world.
Reacting to the award, Sirika: “They were testimonials of the good work that has been done in the sector since the coming of the present government and expressed appreciation to the world body for recognising the achievements.
“The best safety in aviation is the best-trained aviator, as the industry has zero provision for errors.”
Sirika thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to the development of the aviation industry, beginning with his approval and continued support for the Aviation Roadmap implementation.
The minister reiterated the government’s resolve to ensure full delivery of all the components of the roadmap before the Buhari administration winds down in 2023.