Project Sunshine, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), based in the United States (U.S), has begun plans to commence aircraft manufacturing in Nigeria, while also training students in aviation fields in selected public secondary schools in Kwara State.
The training tagged: ‘Aerostem Fellowship,’ which commenced August last year at International Aviation College (IAC), Ilorin, was to assist students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to realise their dreams of becoming aviators and aeronautical engineers.
A statement by Capt. Idris Ekungba, the Convener of the group said that the, said that hundreds of students of senior section of public secondary schools, including Queen Elizabeth Secondary School, Ilorin; Ilorin Grammar School (IGS) and Government Secondary School (GSS), Ilorin; Government High School, Adeta, Ilorin; Baboko Community Secondary School, Ilorin; and Unilorin Secondary School, Ilorin participated in the training.
Ekungabe, however, stated that unlike last year, where selected students were camped at IAC for a few days, the current training was conducted in each school in furtherance of the fellowship.
According to him, the students were taught the processes involved in aircraft manufacturing and flying an aircraft, especially Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA).
Musa Damilola, a student pilot, who conducted the technical and practical session with the students in each school, emphasised that the participants were being enlightened on the prerequisites to build and fly an aircraft.
He explained that the training was also designed to propagate the vision of Ekungba of building the next generation of aviators for the country.
Damilola told journalists during the training at GSS, Ilorin that he enrolled for training in the aviation college having developed interest in the way aircraft is flown in the air in his formative years in Zaria, Kaduna State.
“We are enlightening the young generation on how to go about it in the aviation industry. Because when you are gifted with something and distribute it to the young ones, it wouldn’t just be only you. So, you have a name and set a record for yourself.
“So, I’m here to distribute it to the younger ones around Secondary School with the opportunity of propagating the message of Captain Idris Ekungba of enlightening the young people with passion for aviation.