By Joy Odor/Abuja
The Kwara State Government has expressed its desire to partner with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to boost the capacity of the International Aviation College (IAC), Ilorin.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore IBIKUNLE DARAMOLA, this is with a view to positioning the institution to better support the aviation industry in Nigeria.According to him, this was made known yesterday, 30 June 2020, when the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, paid a visit to the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, at Headquarters (HQ) NAF.
Governor Abdulrazaq said the IAC would want to leverage the NAF’s expertise and experience to improve its services, especially in the training of pilots as well as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operators and maintenance crew.
He also suggested that the NAF could consider operating its C-130H aircraft from the 303 Medium Airlift Group (303 MAG) Ilorin since its has a hangar at the location, observing that this would further boost aviation-related activities in the State.
The State Governor, while commending the NAF for its immense contributions to the war against terrorism and armed banditry in the North East and North West of the Country, maintained that the NAF’s air strikes had significantly curtailed the nefarious activities of the criminal elements.
He expressed optimism that, with the renewed tempo of operations, the enemies of the Nation would soon be roundly defeated.In his response, the CAS expressed the NAF’s willingness to partner with the State Government to boost the activities of the IAC.
He noted that, while more work needed to be done to make the 303 MAG Hangar ready for use by NAF C-130H, arrangements would be made to emplace essential support equipment that would make occasional use of the facility possible.
Air Marshal Abubakar opined that it would be best to set up a technical committee, comprising members from the NAF, the Kwara State Government and IAC, to work out modalities for actualizing the partnership.
Before departing HQ NAF, the Governor was conducted on a tour of the NAF Aircrew Memorial Arcade, where he laid a wreath and prayed for the repose of the souls of NAF aircrew who had paid the supreme price in service to the Nation.