At a seminar on ‘’aviation education infrastructure challenges and potential’’ which held in Lagos, Stakeholders in the aviation sector advised that for Nigeria to benefit from the growth prospects of the global aviation industry, there must be a robust aviation education policy and the will to implement such policy.
According to the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, if Nigeria and Nigerians are to play in the mainstream of the aerospace industry and one day join hands with the global marketplace in the virtual and actual design of various aircraft parts and eventual creation and manufacture of airplanes, the aviation education policy and implementation strategies must be addressed.
He further noted that these and many other issues must be addressed if the country must play within the $5.2tn global aviation industry.
It should be noted that airlines alone have consistently generated a turnover in excess of $700bn per annum over the last five years, and reported profit over $30bn per annum on the average over the last five years. In this same industry, the airline and aircraft Maintenance Repairs and Overhaul organisation are expected to generate in excess of $1.8tn over the next 20 years.
This turnover excludes upgrade services. Other service providers in the aviation and aerospace industry such as Boeing, Airbus, General Electric, Pratt and Whitney, Honeywell, etc will generate far in excess of these in their capacity as aerospace and aircraft Original Equipment Manufacturers.
The above predicted growth has implications for aviation education and education infrastructure, and Nigeria and indeed Africa needs to be properly positioned to be beneficiaries of the growth potential.
For this to happen, Nigerian colleges, universities and other approved aviation training institutions will need to define the policy and strategy that will enable them train and graduate students who will join the global industry to move this number of passengers in a safe, secure and satisfactory manner.
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