- Federal government trains 22 ex-Niger Delta militants as aircraft maintenance engineers
- Graduates qualify from Royal Jordanian Air Academy
- Former militants to get employment in aviation sector
Information from the Presidential Amnesty Office on Friday, August 26, stated that 22 ex-Niger Delta militants acquired foreign education programme and graduated as aircraft maintenance engineers. Moreso, the trainees are back in Nigeria.
The special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta, Brig Gen Paul Boroh, made this known this while discussing with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at Abuja, the federal capital territory.
The retired military man revealed that the qualified engineers were trained at the Royal Jordanian Air Academy as well as obtaining the EASA licence on coming back to the country.
Boroh also said the trainees will not be relevant in the aviation sector if they had not gotten the licence.
President Buhari’s aide on Niger Delta who is likewise the coordinator of Presidential Amnesty Programme, stated that the licence made the graduates certified aircraft maintenance professionals, of which they are necessary in the current airline operation.
The president’s special adviser said: “Worldwide aircraft maintenance business is enormous, and expanding with the passage of time.
“Approximately 500, 000 passenger and cargo aircrafts are currently in service worldwide.
“Moreover, about four million smaller private aircrafts are being used for business or pleasure. Thus, aviation is an ever-expanding field with modernization of equipment on new aircraft.
“Therefore, the requirements of aircraft engineers and aircraft mechanics to work on a permanent basis as an employee of an airline will always rise with ever increasing expansion of aviation industry.”