PAP begins aviation training for former militants

By Damilola Adeleke

The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) says it has begun the Aviation Resuscitation Programme for Cadet Pilots and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers.

A statement on Tuesday by Mr Freston Akpor, Senior Assistant on Media to the PAP Interim Administrator (IA), disclosed this on Tuesday.

The statement said the training was part of efforts to create sustainable livelihoods for ex-agitators and create a pool of skilled manpower for Nigeria’s Aviation Industry.

It said the ceremonial flag-off of the training was held in Lagos on Monday.

The statement quoted Gen. Barry Ndiomu, Interim Administrator of PAP while speaking at the ceremony saying that “enormous opportunities abound for the beneficiaries in global aviation.”

Ndiomu, represented by Wilfred Musa, PAP’s Head of Reintegration, recalled that past PAP administrations made efforts at revamping the training programme.

The statement said Ndiomu maintained that administrative glitches and the complex nature of the aviation industry was the only challenge and this had made all marginal success to be attained.

“Ndiomu said that the flag-off of the programme was initiated more than eight years ago and that this showed that the current PAP leadership was critical about advancing the lives of ex-agitators.

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