The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, says it will not hesitate to delist any Aviation Training Organizations, ATOs, from its register that fall short of industry expectations.
Speaking at the meeting of the Association of Africa Aviation Training Organizations, AATOs, in Lagos, the Director General, NCAA, Captain Muktar Usman said there was no room for half baked products in a highly regulated industry like aviation.
Captain Muktar Usman said, the foundation of every aviation training must be solid in line with the standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO.
Captain Usman represented by the Acting Director Licensing in the NCAA, Mr. Cletus Umeh emphasized that Aviation Training Organizations ATOs found cutting corner in the admission of students and employment of trainers without the requisite qualifications would be visited with severe sanction.
He urged ATOs approved by the Authority to leave above board, be disciplined and promote competency based training to ensure safety in the industry.
“For the interest of humanity, the industry, Nigerian airspace, you cannot be producing half baked product, it cannot hold water, you know why? Any foundation that is not solid, it will crumble, it will collapse”.
Representatives of some of the ATOs in their contributions called on the NCAA to put stringent measures in place for the registration of ATOs in the country.
They also urged the NCAA to focus its attention on private and government ATOs, adding that excessive competition could lead to compromise in terms of standardization.
“We will like the criteria for the registration for the ATOs to be more stringent. I also want the NCAA to look at the issue of many ATOs coming up in Nigeria private and government establishment”.
Council member AATO and Rector, Nigeria College of Aviation Technology NCAT Zaria, Captain Abdulsalami Mohammed said the meeting of the Association of African Aviation Training Organizations, AATO was to form a local chapter as requested by ICAO.
He stated that the essence of the chapter was geared toward promoting cooperation, encourage the sharing of expertise and resources among members.
“Africa was mandated by ICAO to set up this Association to coordinate aviation training in Africa and show them the benefits of working together to promote aviation, to promote collaboration and we will also benefit through the sharing and exchange of resources and materials”.
Highlights of the meeting were the Constitution of a 7 member committee to come up with ways of driving the local chapter of AATO in Nigeria.