By Albert Akota
The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Uja Tor Uja has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to invest massively on the aviation sector.
He disclosed this in Abuja while playing host to the Management team of Nigeria College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, led by Capt. Jim Hassan.
In the words of the Executive Secretary, “I will like the Federal Government to make a heavy investment in the Aviation industry”. He explained that “our competencies are high but our investments are very low”.
Rev. Uja further stressed that Nigeria has all it takes to be great: To this end, he stated that “it is important when we are dealing with the world we should be able to surpass the world standard”.
He affirmed that a nation that wants to maximize its infrastructure must make heavy investments in selected key sectors such as Aviation. He opined that the kind of investment the Federal Government has invested in security and education sector should also be invested in the aviation sector which is also a critical sector.
The NCPC boss further assured his guests that the Commission would partner with the College in the area of training and capacity building relevant to the operational needs of the Commission.
He expressed his displeasure over the unsatisfactory way the luggage management of pilgrims is handled. According to him, “we think a deeper knowledge of how these things work and will help us greatly”
Earlier, Capt. Jim Hassan the Manager training who stood in for the Rector and Chief Executive of the College, Capt. Abdulsalami Mohammed told the NCPC boss that they were in the Commission to introduce their institution to him.
He described the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria as the foremost aviation training institution in Africa.
He explained that the college would want to partner with the Commission in the area of basic training needs for operational staff, considering the fact that the Commission handles quite a large number of pilgrims who travel regularly to Israel. He further expatiated that such basic training would cover Airline passenger service, Aviation Security, among others.