Minna — Niger State Commissioner of Transport, Abubakar Mohammad, says the state government has allocated four kilometer size of land to the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) for the construction of its outreach campus in Minna, the state capital.
The commissioner told newsmen in Minna at the weekend that the land was allocated to the college with a view to availing the indigenes of the state the opportunities to access pilot training.
The land, according to him, was allocated from the choice area of the proposed Minna Airport City project, and the state government had so far expended N80 million on the training of the 10 pioneer state indigenes pilots at the Minna campus.
"We are spending N8 million on training of each pilot and they have concluded their ground training using the stimulators in Minna and the college's main training facilities in Zaria.
He also disclosed that the college would soon mobilize four of its aircraft for training pilots, who each must have 15 hours flying credit with instructors and another 15 hours credit of solo flying before the first phase of the training would be completed.
Mohammed said after the completion of the first phase of the training, successful students would be issued with 'Private Pilot License' (PPL), adding that the pilots on training must have 35 hours credit of flying before they could be qualified for the issuance of 'Commerce Pilot License' (CPL).
He explained that the training of pilots in Minna would not affect the quality of instructions required for their training, saying the Niger government is committed to the training of pilots, hence the decision to sponsor another set of qualified youth from the state.