Eight students of the Ilorin International Aviation College (IAC), Ilorin, Kwara state that graduated from the college have been gainfully employed in the nation and international aviation industry.
Already, three of them have been employed by the college as commercial pilots to add value to the growth of the college. The acting Rector of the college, Captian Abdulkarim Abdul Mumin (Rtd.) disclosed this in Ilorin last week during a press briefing to mark the first graduation ceremony of the college.
According to him, "The eight affected grandaunts have completed their training with full commercial pilot licence, instrument rating and multi-engine within a record of fifteen months. I am proud to inform you that all of them have been gainfully employed by organisations within the industry.”
He said the IAC has raised the standard of the aviation training in Nigeria, saying “we are already extending our tentacles to other West African countries so as to boost its development."
While calling other stakeholders to join hands with the college in its growth, the rector said this would go a long way to assist the college to add more value to the standard of aviation training in the college.
He stressed that the college has committed a sum of N4 billion to its sustenance for it to grow to its present standard.
He disclosed that the college has four air planes with new engines and this has helped the training of the students to be successful at the end of the day.
He therefore commended the visionary leadership of the former governor of the state, Senator Bukola Saraki and the present governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, for their interest and commitment at ensuring the continuity of the college that led to what the college is celebrating in one year of its existence.
Also speaking, a member of the board of the aviation college, Chief Leke Ogungbe, said there is dearth of indigenous pilots in the country, hence the establishment of the company by the state government.
Ogungbe, who lamented that the country was losing foreign exchange with the situation, added that the state government was contributing to security of the country with the training of indigenous pilots.
He, however, said that the state government will hand over the college to private investors in the next few months.