Chairman of the International College of Aviation in Kwara State, Captain Edward Boyo says the college would begin academic programmes in August with 20 students paying N7 million tuition fee.
Captain Boyo, who disclosed this when Governor Bukola Saraki visited the college on inspection of projects said the proposed fee was nothing compared to what was paid in other aviation colleges around the world.
He said the programme for the pilot scheme will be for 18 months and pilot will be produced with commercial pilot licences and multi-engine type rating, meaning that from there, they could graduate and move into the airlines.
“In addition, we will have private pilot training for people who do not want to be professional pilots but want to understand flying. We will also have executive private pilot licences so that the managerial and executive cadres in Nigeria can have first-hand experience of pilot training. Eventually, a general aviation community will arise from there, he stressed.
Kwara State Governor, Dr. Bukola Saraki said: “One feels fulfilled that the Aviation College comes to reality. Therefore, to ensure its sustainability, the college will soon be solely private sector-dependent. The government must look at projects that will create opportunities for our people as that will create jobs for youths looking for employment”.
Meanwhile, a group known as Congress of Aviation Unions and Professional Associations (COAUPE), has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to resuscitate the moribund Nigeria Airways Limited, saying that resuscitation of the airline does not mean 100 percent investment by government.
Calling for a different module for the airlines return, the group said the federal government should invest at least 10 per cent in the airline while the public should be allowed to invest a sizeable chunk so that some facilities and waivers can come to the airline.
The Congress convener, Sheri Kyari said that with such an airline, the government could implement the fly Nigeria act, which would counter the recent capital flight rush, adding that most airlines were suffering poor patronage and lack of support because their current business modules did not give room for investment by Nigerians as they (the public) did not see it as their own.
“A national carrier is a generator of employment and sustenance of economic and industrial development, so we hope to hear from Mr. President when he addresses the nation on May 29”, Kyari said.