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Nigeria College of Aviation Technology Doesn’t Have Single Helicopters for Training–Acting Rector

Shaka Imalighwe, the acting Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) in Zaria, Kaduna State, has raised concerns about the quality of education provided by the institution, adding that the college lacks a single helicopter for training purposes.

Mr. Imalighwe made this revelation on Thursday during an investigative hearing held in Abuja regarding the sale of two helicopters.

Addressing the House of Representatives Committee on Public Assets, Mr. Imalighwe mentioned that he assumed the management role of the college in an acting capacity in January 2024.

He clarified that despite serving as the Deputy Rector when the helicopters were sold, he was not involved in the team or committee responsible for facilitating the sales.

In response, Rep. Ademorin Kuye, the Committee Chairman, expressed apprehension over the sale of the helicopters to private individuals, leaving the college without any helicopters for training purposes.

The committee raised concerns about the sale process, particularly as security agencies such as the Nigerian Air Force, Navy, and Police had shown interest in purchasing the helicopters.

However, the NCAT management reportedly declined the requests from the security agencies.

It was revealed that the security agencies not only expressed interest in writing but also visited the college, only to be denied the opportunity to purchase the helicopters.

Consequently, the committee directed both the former and current Minister of Aviation to appear in the next investigative hearing.

Additionally, the Ministry of Works, Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MOFI), and the immediate past and present Rectors of the College were summoned to provide further insights into the matter.