Ilorin aviation college to offer postgraduate diploma

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Abdurrahman Abdurrazaq, Kwara State governor
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The International Aviation College, Ilorin is set to commence postgraduate diploma programme in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering courses before the end of this year.

It would be doing so in affiliation with the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete.

Chairman, governing council of the college, Ahmed Yusuf Gobir said all the courses to be run by the college will be supervised by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

He disclosed this when members of the Ilorin Emirate Durbar committee led by its Chairman, Engineer Suleiman Yahaya Alapansanpa, met with him in his office on Friday.

Gobir added that the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) will supervise the ND/HND programmes of school as well.

According to him, such programme and other courses would not only improve the capacities and expertise of the students but also improve the financial situation of the college to stand on its own without waiting for government subventions.

Gobir, who is also a pilot said that he met various challenges on ground on appointment, adding that, with the commitment of staff, he was able to identify areas to focus on and had already started turning around the administrative and academic activities of the college.

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Also speaking during the visit, the Rector of the aviation College, Engineer Benedict Adeyileka, said the chairman has been of great support to the college since he assumed duties more so with his experience in the aviation industry.

Engineer Benedict added that the aviation college is working towards producing world-class pilots who can be employed in any aviation industry all over the world.

According to him, the aviation college is the only one owned by a state government in the entire West African Region and commended the initiative of the government for establishing the institution.

Also speaking the leader of the Durbar committee, Alapasanpa, the Danmasani of Ilorin implored the new chairman to see his appointment as an act of God and work hard to take the college to greater heights.

He was represented by Ambassador Sheikh Usman AbdulAzeez during the visit.

AbdulAzeez, who was a former President of the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union also charged all sons and daughters of the Emirate to be proactive in their chosen careers and always contribute their quota in all ramifications to the overall development of the Emirate and the state at large.

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The union advised the chairman governing council to use his international influence to uplift the college and also called on the Kwara State Government to sponsor students from the state to the college as it will be very difficult for an average Nigerian to send their children or wards to such institution for training as a pilot.

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