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The Federal Government has disclosed its intention to establish Aviation University.

The government said the university would address the research and development deficit, which is apparent in the aviation sector.

Named African Aviation and Aerospace University, the institution which will be situated in Abuja is expected to commence academic activities this year with courses in BSc Aviation Business and BSc Meteorology.

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These were disclosed in Abuja on Friday by the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika during a briefing.

The Minister also said for efficiency, the university will eventually be privatised.

He said the need to establish the university was due to the desire of the government to contribute more to the aviation sector which will in turn boost the country’s economy.

The minister explained that Buhari’s administration wants the country to go beyond churning out pilots, engineers, cabin crews and others.

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Sirika also hinted that the federal government is in partnership with NILE University to use its space pending the completion of the University structure.

According to the Minister, land has been allocated to the university within the Abuja airport area for it to build.

On why the establishment of an institution is important, he said: “All the things that we are seeing that is going wrong with our aviation is largely due to lack of capacity and understanding of the business itself.

“Aviation is a very thought out and dynamic industry with changes frequently. So, we need to keep up with the speed and have people who have the capacity and requisite knowledge to run the business.

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“It is not enough to be a pilot or an engineer like me to run an aviation business, it is an art by itself and a profession, so Buhari’s government seeks to change that and because of how fast aviation and aerospace are changing the world over, we need to participate in it to be able to go into huge research and development in civil aviation. We should not be left behind.

“Aviation has been in Nigeria for a very long time and by now, we ought to be on top of the world with innovation in aviation and aerospace.

“We have had people who were born in the early 1930s and became pilots in Nigeria like Captain Rob, so from their time till now, nothing has really changed beyond the production of pilots, engineers, cabin crew, radio engineers, traffic controller, and others.

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