By Favour Nnabugwu
ABUJA — The Federal Government has faulted the clamour for the decentralization of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, NCAT, in Zaria, Kaduna State, arguing that it would dilute the quality and efficiency of the institution.
Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, on inspection of the college weekend, said he did not mean to say that government would not support any entrepreneur or individual who wished to offer aviation training but definitely not to reduce NCAT’s primary mandate.
Sirika, who toured the college for over three hours, expressed disappointment at the architectural design of the institution, adding that it was not in line with the structure on ground in the college premises.
He noted that it was government’s determination to sustain and enrich the college that prompted it to reverse a policy meant to decentralised the institution.
According to him, “the policy to decentralised NCAT was reversed because we want the college to continue to provide centralized training. We want to strengthen and enrich it for quality and efficiency.
“It is sad that from 1963, when it was established, and 1964, when it commenced training, we are still where we were. Otherwise by now, the college should have been an institution where researches and development would have been taken to the highest level.”
“Remember, it was the UNDP that partnered International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO and Nigerian government to produced this institution.
“And it is one of its kind, so why do we need to reduce its capacity and capability? Our task is to improve, enhance and upgrade the capacity and ability of the college to do more.
“This college was established for the purpose for which it has been providing that service. Decentralisation is not what the government will support rather it will strengthen the institution, upgrade the training and review the policies and make the institution provide people that will go to top class management and stand tall anywhere in the world.”