House Committee denies relocation of simulators from Nigeria College of Aviation Technology

The Joint House Committee on Aviation and Aviation Technology has denied reports on the relocation of a simulator and firefighting simulator from the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology, NCAT, in Zaria.

Alhaji Suleiman Richifa, the Joint Committee Chairman, made the disclosure on Monday in Zaria during a fact-finding visit to the college.

Richifa said the visit was sequel to a resolution reached at the investigative hearing of the joint committee on March 26.

The hearing was attended by the Minister of Aviation, the Rector of NCAT, and other stakeholders on the purported relocation of the simulator and firefighting equipment from NCAT to an unknown destination.

“At the hearing, it was unanimously resolved that a 7-man committee be constituted to undertake a fact-finding visit to NCAT.

“The visit was to ascertain the claims of both the Hon. Minister of Aviation and the Rector of NCAT that the simulator and firefighting machines are still within the precinct of NCAT, Zaria.

“We are here today primarily for this purpose,” he said.

He added that the committee was not on a witchhunting exercise but only in furtherance of our mandate to ascertain the facts and report back to the joint committee.

“This assignment is serious, and we need your cooperation and uprightness to ascertain the truth. Please treat it with all seriousness.

“This exercise, though a form of oversight, is purely a fact-finding mission, specifically for the simulator and firefighting training equipment, and is not the actual oversight of the committee.

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“The committee will, at the appropriate time, undertake a holistic oversight visit of the college. For now, we will limit our visit to the simulator and firefighting training equipment,” he said.

Richifa said the committee was satisfied with what it saw at the college and commended the college for its state-of-the-art facilities.

He also urges Nigerians to key into the transformation drive of the college to strengthen the aviation industry.

Mr. Joseph-Shaka Imaligwe, the acting rector of NCAT, had earlier commended the committee for the visit, adding that there were fabrications and lies over the movement of equipment from the college to an unknown location.

“There is nothing on the ground like that; the committee can now testify that the equipment is on the ground; therefore, they can write a comprehensive and favorable report on the issue,” he advised.

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