JORDAN â€” The Presidency has asked foreign aviation institutions currently training Nigerian pilots under the Amnesty programme, to offer them employment upon the successful completion of their training.
Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Office, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, made the call at the graduation of 18 pilots trained at the Royal Jordanian Air Academy in Amman by the Amnesty Office.
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.
The Presidential aide 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 nationâ€™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: â€œAs 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 donâ€™t hesitate to engage them meaningfully.
â€œThey 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.â€
Nigerian Ambassador to Jordan, Taofeek Oladejo Orapaja, said he was happy to be associated with the strong ties between Nigeria and Jordan in the areas of commerce, aviation and economic development and promised to ensure the success of the training programme already launched by the Amnesty Office in Amman.