Honorable Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science And Technology, Hajiya Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, has described as mind-blowing and a truly revealing tour the just- concluded MOTEST collaboration and fact-finding visits with stops at the Kaduna State University (KASU), Kaduna, and the Nigerian College Of Aviation Technology (NCAT)in Zaria.
She disclosed that KASU was the same generation with Kwara State University, and it was therefore of interest to Kwara State to know how KASU was faring as a University.
VC of KASU, Prof. Muhammad Tanko, in his welcome address, disclosed that the University had to introduce part-time diploma and degree courses to help build the school IGR.
He made it known that because the Chairman Governing Council of the university, Prof. Shehu Abdullahi was a former VC, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) and former Provost (NDA), the leadership enjoyed value-added input and buy-in to decisions, that would fast track the pace of growth of the University.
The Rector and Chief Executive of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Capt. Mohammed Abdulsalami
commended the MOTEST team and revealed that when he assumed office in 2017, he informed the management staff that there would be a need to reach out to the International Aviation College, Ilorin to seek ways of partnership and collaboration as the two were the only aviation colleges in the country.
The over 50-year old College in Zaria has five schools; including, Flying school Courses; Aeronautical Telecommunications Engineering Courses; Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Courses, Aviation Management Courses and
Air Traffic Services/ Communication Courses. The International Aviation College, Ilorin has only the Flying School for now.
Captain Abdulsalami suggested that IAC should join the ICAO’s Trainer Plus Programme;
to increase the number of its programs, and training program that has a structure, to get international exposure and recognition, and be abreast with recent developments.
Hajiya Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu disclosed that international, regional and local collaborations, were important qualitative partnerships, in the education sector.
It was gathered that positive tips from the trip would be adapted as change is critical to help ensure a beneficial transition while mitigating disruption.
Hajiya Kawu was accompanied on the visitation by the Director, Science and Technology; Mrs C. Olaosebikan and Director, Quality Assurance; Mr Afolayan.