The Federal government of Nigeria has commenced the ultra modern construction of school of aeronautic and aircraft maintenance engineering as part of new policy in education sector in Anambra state.
Speaking during the foundation stone laying ceremony to mark the full commencement of the project at Akili-Ozuzo, Ogbaru council area of Anambra state, the former Minister for Aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah said the project was aimed at inculcating practical and technical knowledge to the students of the Federal Polytechnic, Oko.
Mrs. Oduah said the school when completed will among other things afford the students of the high institution the technical and practical know-how to be more employable, adding that the school will give the students multiple knowledge and make them acquire experience.
“The school is going to contribute in multiple aspect of our lives and give our children knowledge for them acquire skills and practical knowledge to be employable in near future, I am a beneficiary of this noble federal government project which I am sure will help the students to be better people in future”
She expressed optimism that the project which was mapped initially to gulp N250 million will be completed on time and on specification while commending President Goodluck Jonathan for the new innovative he had brought into educational sector.
The Rector of the benefiting Federal Polytechnic Oko, Prof. Godwin Onu said the project was part of his mission statement when he assumed office as the Rector of the Institution to expand the scope of learning in the school by bringing in school of Aeronautic and Aircraft maintenance engineering as well as Marine Engineering into the school.
“Apart from the aeronautic and aircraft maintenance engineering, the school shall also train students on other sections of aviation like training air hostesses and other people working in the aircraft, so that we will not again depend on using people abroad each time they need to maintain their aircraft, we shall be serving the aviation sector from here” he said.
He said the project which is being funded by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND has a life span of one year, adding that the school will have a mini airport with runway to enable the students build aircraft, fly and land at the airport.