Row in NCAT over al­leged di­ver­sion of equip­ment

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Isa Sa’idu, Zaria

Al­leged di­ver­sion of mod­ern train­ing equip­ment pur­chased by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for the Nige­rian Col­lege of Avi­a­tion Tech­nol­ogy (NCAT), Zaria to La­gos is brew­ing dis­con­tent and ap­pre­hen­sion among staff and stu­dents of the col­lege.

While a group that calls it­self Con­cerned Staff of NCAT is al­leg­ing that the Rec­tor, Cap­tain Sa­muel Akinyele Caulcrick, has di­verted the equip­ment for per­sonal gains, Cap­tain Caulcrick on the other hand said the de­ci­sion to move the equip­ment to La­gos was taken by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

In­ves­ti­ga­tion by our cor­re­spon­dent re­vealed that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment pur­chased a Boe­ing 737 Next Gen­er­a­tion Flight Sim­u­la­tor for NCAT at the cost of about 12 mil­lion Eu­ros for train­ing of stu­dents and air­lines’ crews.

How­ever, the sim­u­la­tor was taken to La­gos on the grounds that there are no com­mer­cial flights’ ac­tiv­i­ties in Zaria. In his re­ply to a text mes­sage sent to him by our cor­re­spon­dent,

Cap­tain Caulcrick said; “the fed­eral gov­ern­ment felt La­gos would have good re­turns now for the in­vest­ment among other things. Be­sides, the peo­ple who would carry out the train­ing are in the air­lines, which in turn the col­lege in­struc­tors would ben­e­fit from.”

But the Con­cerned Staff of NCAT ar­gue that the col­lege as a train­ing in­sti­tute has been at­tract­ing trainees from all over the globe de­spite the ab­sence of com­mer­cial flights’ ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Wasn’t NCAT pro­vid­ing F-28 Jet Flight Sim­u­la­tor Train­ing for the de­funct Nige­rian Air­ways and other air­lines from across the globe in the 1980s to date? NCAT trained Caulcrick to be the pi­lot he is to­day.

Is he telling the world that he has no ca­pac­ity to run B-737NG Sim­u­la­tor Train­ing? Caver­ton He­li­copters where the sim­u­la­tor was taken to only spe­cialises in of­fer­ing he­li­copter char­ter ser­vices to oil com­pa­nies and doesn’t know any­thing about air­plane train­ing. We wish to ap­peal to Pres­i­dent Buhari and other well-mean­ing Nige­ri­ans to help re­turn the equip­ment to the col­lege”, the Con­cerned Staff said.

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