The International Aviation College (IAC), Ilorin on Tuesday graduated four students who completed their various courses of study.
While one of the graduands obtained Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), Instrument Rating and Multi-Engine, the remaining three bagged Private Pilot Licence (PPL).
This is coming about a month after five newly graduated pilots were decorated by the college, increasing the number of pilots produced from March 2022 till date to 31.
Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq at the graduation ceremony reiterated his commitment to the continued funding and support for the college to contribute its quota to manpower development in the aviation industry.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tertiary Education, Hajia Habeeba Saidu, the government commended the college management and staff for their dedication.
He charged them to maintain momentum in churning out more students to reduce the backlog inherited by the management.
The governor also advised the new pilots to exemplary ambassadors of the college and apply their training and skills in uplifting the aviation industry.
Acting Rector of the college, Capt. Yakubu Okatahi commended the state governor for his support and urged the graduands to unleash their skills and potentials in contributing to the growth of aviation industry.
“The industry is waiting for their contribution,” he said, urging them not to disappoint. The Rector attributed the successes recorded by the management in reducing the backlog of students to team work.
One of the graduands, Ezema Chindera who described his graduation as the fulfillment of a long dream commended the state government for its support which has kept the college going.
In a related development, the state Deputy Governor, Mr. Kayode Alabi has directed the TIC Chairmen of all the 16 local governments in the state to sponsor indigenes of their respective Local Governments for Standard Pilot and Flight Dispatchers’ Courses at International Aviation College, Ilorin.
The Deputy Governor stated this during a meeting held in his office between the Management of IAC and all the TIC Chairmen.
He advised the TIC Chairmen to take the advantage of the presence of the Aviation College in the State by sponsoring their respective local government indigenes for aviation courses being run in the College.
Alabi said local governments that cannot afford the fee for the standard pilot course for now can sponsor at least three (3) indigenes from their various Local Governments for flight dispatchers’ course which is equally a lucrative aviation related course.
The Deputy Governor therefore directed the College, particularly the Business Development Unit of the College to liaise with the Chairman of Kwara State ALGON who is equally the TIC Chairman of Irepodun Local Government with a view to ensuring that the plan sees the light of the day without further delay.
Members of the College Team in attendance at the meeting are: Captain Yakubu Okatahi (Ag. Rector); Mohammed Jimada Jibril (Registrar); Sanni Shamsudeen (Bursar); Kehinde Adetutu Ajayi (Business Development Officer); Babatunde B. Magagi (FOO Coordinator) and Yetunde Humukhair (Librarian).