Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Don’t disgrace Nigeria, Kuku warns amnesty trainees

Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, has warned Nigerians being trained by the Federal Government in foreign institutions not to do anything that could embarrass the government or be repatriated.

Kuku gave the warning at the decoration of 18 trained commercial pilots who had graduated from the Royal Jordanian Air Academy, RJAA, by the Presidential Amnesty Office.
The presidential aide made it clear that Niger Delta delegates who failed to meet up the academic requirements would henceforth lose their full financial support and might be made to withdraw from such sponsorship.

Kuku, who was excited by the feat recorded by the Nigerian pilots, said, however, that it was important for the institutions training them to offer employment to them so as to empower them and reduce the number of jobless people in the country.
He explained that the special attention being paid by the government to the development of the trainees through aviation was to strengthen the sector and to enable the trainees to actualise their dreams of becoming pilots.

Kuku said it was not enough to just train the Nigerian pilots and send them home at the end of their course since the goal of the training was to prepare the pilots for gainful engagement in the aviation industry within and outside Nigeria.

While boasting that the Presidency had done more in the sector than at any other period in the nation’s history, Kuku promised to dispatch more delegates to renowned aviation colleges to acquire the relevant expertise in piloting, aircraft engineering and maintenance.
Kuku said: “As far as we are concerned, the Nigerian aviation industry is the most successful aviation space in Africa and we still intend to do more in order to consolidate on the gains already recorded.

“It is in the pursuit of the level of excellence required that we sent out our boys to reputable aviation institutions around the world for training. We would want them back on the completion of their training but if you find them useful in your country, please don’t hesitate to engage them.
“They are not yet up to the number Nigeria needs and we are going to send out more for training, particularly in the areas of Air Traffic Control and Ground Handling Operations,” the adviser said.

The team leader of the Nigerian trained commercial pilots, TCP, at the RJAA, Mr. Victor Ezinwa, thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for approving their training under the PAP and pledged to justify the confidence reposed in them by the government.
Ezinwa said that the Presidency had made their dreams of flying jets to come true, adding that they were proud to graduate as pilots along with others from other countries of the world.

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