Twenty-nine Niger Delta youths who emerged as new pilots under the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) are to be type rated on particular aircraft at the Lufthansa airline in Frankfurt, Germany and CAE Aviation facility in Oxford, United Kingdom.
Mr. Kinsley Kuku, special adviser to the President on Niger Delta and chairman PAP, who disclosed this in Lagos recently, said the youths were earlier trained as pilots in South Africa.
Kuku disclosed that the delegates have not only attained the Private Pilot License (PPL) but that they have also gotten their Commercial Pilot License (CPL), which allows them to operate commercial airplanes.
He added that for these pilots to operate commercial airplanes effectively, they will be going for type-rating programme at the two facilities in Germany and the United Kingdom.
Kuku expressed delight that the two aviation institutions have accepted to give the delegates type rating courses, urging them to take their training very serious and to also make Nigeria proud.
He also urged the delegates not to allow them to be carried away by the success they have recorded so far, tasking them to re-double their efforts and perform better than they did at the Africa Union Aviation Academy and Flight Training Services in South Africa.
Kuku also disclosed that a number of the Niger Delta youths under the PAP programme are also undergoing pilot training in South Africa, Greece, Jordan and United Arab Emirate.
On the oil theft and illegal oil bunkering conference, Kuku said President Goodluck Jonathan has on several occasions expressed dismay over the increasing oil theft in the Niger Delta and as a result has resolved to stem the ugly tide.
He added that it is in line with Mr. President’s strategy to curb the current trend that this conference is looking at community based solution.
Meanwhile, participants at the forum have called on the security agencies to fish out the bigger thieves and illegal bunkers instead of parading the petty thieves.
They also advocated that the products seized from the oil thieves should be taken to tank farms instead of further destroying the environment by burning them.
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