By Christian Agadibe
Representatives from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) have inspected the Eastwing Aviation Training School before signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to accelerate the aviation sector in South-East Nigeria. The Eastwing Aviation Training School, Emene, is expected to have a robust boost that would propel the aviation course and skills from the SSCE level to gain admission and the prerequisite skills.
During the inspection, the proprietor and the CEO, Dr. Christopher Edeh, lamented, “When I looked at the aviation industry, I saw that we, the Igbos, were left behind. Only few of us that passed through the Air Force and others were trained as pilots or engineers in one way or the other. Hence, I said I must start something for our youths in this sector.”
He expressed commitment to seeing the youths of the South-East and environs encouraged and given a chance to thrive.
“By the grace of God, about 200 people from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) have done one or two courses at our school. We also trained more than 300 personnel for the kick-off of the Anambra state Airport.
“We are training people to be licensed Aircraft by the Aviation regulatory authority. We ensure they are qualified and meet the regulatory requirements.” says the CEO.
“We’ve been organizing the European Aviation safety Agency (EASA) part 66 exams with Air service training in Perth, Scotland, UK, for five years now. They have been supporting us.
“Training in aviation is very strict and the pass mark here is 75 per cent. Anything below that is fail.”
The Dean of Engineering, Prof. G.O. Mbah, representing the Vice Chancellor of ESUT, expressed readiness to partner with Eastwing Aviation School.
“One of the best things happening to ESUT now is trying to establish synergy or link with other institutions,” he noted.
He expressed confidence about the growth of the South-East henceforth, pledging alongside his team to put his best foot forward to ensure the programme excels.
“I promise you, we will take this message to the Vice Chancellor and the management that something bigger than what we’ve been envisaging will begin to happen,” he stated.
He pledged to do whatever was necessary for the collaboration to wax beyond 50 years.
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