THE Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, Capt. Samuel Caulcrick, has explained how dynamic and exciting the aviation industry is, urging youths to find careers in the industry.He made this known at the 6th Air Transport Youth Empowerment Seminar and Grand Finale of the 7th National Travel Essay Competition (NTEC 2015/2016) held at the Training Centre of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Annex, Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA).
Captain Caulcrick was represented by the Training Manager, Capt. Jim Hassan who delivered the keynote paper at the event with theme: Choosing an Exciting Career: Why Aviation?
He took time to explain the various opportunities available to youngsters in Aviation and encouraged them to embrace aviation as a career path in view of the fact that it is an exciting and dynamic sector with free of boredom or monotony.
“NCAT is the only aviation college in Nigeria that conducts a holistic training of aviation personnel in virtually all of the main aspects of aviation and the school is highly rated in the world among the best. Our courses are highly subsidized by the government and we have qualified instructors with globally recognized certifications,” he noted.
Meanwhile, the grand finale of the 7th National Travel Essay Competition (NTEC 2015/2016) saw students from Secondary Schools and Tertiary Institutions competing for laurels in two categories bringing to an end a six-month long process of entries being sent in by interested participants. In the Secondary Schools Category students were assessed on the topic: “Human Factors In Air Transport Safety” while that of the Tertiary institutions Category was: “Curbing Internal and External Threats To Aviation Security.”
An Independent Panel Assessors graded the written articles including Mr. Ayodele Ojo, Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA); Alhaji Yahaya Gusau, DGM, Aeronautical Information Services, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA); Mrs. Fola Akande, Chief Air Transport Officer (CATO), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA); Mrs. Modupe Oyerinde, DGM, Commercial & Statistics, NCAA; and Mr. Basil Agboarumi, Head, Corporate Communications, Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL); and Mr. Felix Anyanwu, Assistant General Manager, AIS/Charts, NCAA.
About Sixty (60) entries were received in all and of these; the top ten students in each category were invited to the Grand Finale to compete for top honours through a session of oral assessments in defence of their essays. At the end of the keenly contested assessment the winners emerged in the Secondary Schools Category as follows: Otti Faustina of Barachel Model College, Olambe, Ogun State in 1st place; Igweonu Chiamaka of Murtala Muhammed Airport Secondary School (MMASS), Ikeja in 2nd place and Ekuma Oma of Princeton College, Surulere, Lagos in 3rd place.
Otti Faustina, winner of the Grand Prize for NTEC 2015/16 went home with a free ticket to Kigali courtesy of RwandAir; plus a cash prize of N100,000. She also becomes the Industry Ambassador for the next one year and will participate in key industry programmes as well as carry out several youth centred functions. Second prize was N60,000 cash and a free return ticket to Ghana sponsored by Med-View Airlines; and the 3rd prize was a cash prize of N40,000 as well as a free return ticket to any destination nationwide sponsored by Dana Air. There were also cash prizes of N20,000 each for 4th – 6th positions and N10,000 each for 7th – 10th positions.
In the Tertiary Institutions Category, the following Winners emerged: Mr. Epemolu Oladipupo, a Business Administration Student of University of Lagos (UNILAG) in 1st place; Miss Lawson Peace, a Law Student of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Abeokuta, Ogun State in 2nd place and, Mr. Igweonu Tobena, also a Law Student of UNILAG in 3rd place. There were also consolation prizes for 4th and 5th positions which went to Ademokan Adedoyin and Ogunleye Mary respectively and both from UNILAG.
First prize winner, Epemolu Oladipupo went home with a cash prize of N150,000 and an all expenses paid trip to South Africa courtesy of African Business Travel Association (ABTA). The second prize was N100,000 cash with a free ticket to Ghana also courtesy of Med-View Airlines. Third prize was N50,000 cash and a free ticket to any destination in Nigeria sponsored by DANA Air. The fourth prize was N30,000 and the fifth prize was N20,000 cash.
Founder and Coordinator of NTEC, Mr. Ewos Iroro, said: “Since its inception in 2009, NTEC has grown steadily to become an air transport industry succession plan initiative that has attracted participation from students as far afield as Kaduna in the North, Port Harcourt in the South, as well as Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory together with all the states from the South West of Nigeria and a few in the East. We are gradually achieving our vision of getting young Nigerians into aviation and today have several of our past winners who are currently training to become young aviators in various fields of endeavour.”