A bill seeking the establishment of the Federal College of Aviation Technology, Ilara-Remo, Ogun State, has passed second reading at the Senate during plenary on Wednesday.
The sponsor of the bill, Senator Gbenga Daniel, APC Ogun East, presented the lead debate on the general principles of the bill dubbed,‘Federal College of Aviation Technology, Ilara-Remo, Ogun, Establishment Bill, 2023’
The proposed bill was first introduced on October 10, aimed to upgrade an existing Federal Technical College to a fully-fledged Federal College of Aviation Technology.
Daniel who led the debate, stated that it sought to provide full time courses in various specialisations in the aviation industry and to make provision for the general administration of the college and for related matters.
The lawmaker said that aviation technology encompasses the various technological advancements and innovations that have shaped the field of aviation.
“From the early days of aviation to the present, technology has played a crucial role in improving the safety, efficiency and capabilities of aircraft,” he explained.
A former governor of Ogun State, Daniel also said that aviation technology in Nigeria had witnessed significant growth and development over the years.
He said, “As the largest economy in Africa, Nigeria has made notable strides in the aviation sector both in terms of infrastructure and technological advancements especially in the areas of airports and infrastructure, navigation and communication Systems, Aircraft Maintenance and repair.”
He, however, said that while Nigeria had made significant progress in aviation technology, there were still challenges to address.
The Ogun Senator said that challenges to be tavkled include the need for continued investment in infrastructure development, improvement of safety and security measures and the promotion of research and innovation in aviation technology.
“By addressing these challenges, Nigeria can further strengthen its aviation sector, boost economic growth, and promote connectivity both domestically and internationally,” he affirmed.