In an interview with journalists in Lagos, the General Manager, Corporate Communications of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu disclosed that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is set to commission the FAAN Training Centre, which has been designated as Global Training Centre of Airports Council International (ACI).
Yakubu said the commissioning and designation of the facility as ICAO/ACI Global Training Centre would further enhance training of technical personnel for the industry.
She said inspectors from ICAO had visited the facility regularly before the facility was approved. Yakubut noted that the facility was designated as an ICAO/ACI training facility in Mauritius in 2017 during the ACI meeting in that country.
The General Manager said with the approval of the facility, it would be easier and cheaper for technical personnel on the continent to be trained on aviation skills and knowledge, adding that ICAO’s approved instructors would be engaged for training of personnel.
According to Yakubu, “one of the advantages of the training centre is that it will make it easier for member countries to train their personnel in Nigeria and it is also cheaper for them to come to Nigeria to be trained, rather than going to United Kingdom, United States and other countries around the world”.
She added that “another advantage is that there will be more opportunity for those in the region to get trained. You know when cost is not really a factor; more people will be factored in for training. There is also accessibility for trainees and the weather conditions are favourable in Nigeria, while the learning facilities are fantastic and new”.
She concluded by noting that “for ICAO to designate us as a training centre, you will know that everything that we needed to put in place have been put in place. The training facilities are up to date. The instructors will be coming from all over the world and they are ICAO trained instructors”.