The Federal Government will convert Zaria Hotels in Kaduna State into classrooms and hostels for the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) in Zaria, according to aviation minister Festus Keyamo.

During a press briefing in Zaria on Wednesday, Keyamo announced that the Zaria Hotels had been acquired as an annex to NCAT to enhance its growth potential. This statement came after his familiarization tour of the institution.

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Keyamo emphasized that NCAT is the premier institution for the aviation industry in Nigeria and West Africa.

“The landmass we have here is sufficient for expansion, providing great potential for the college’s growth,” he said. “In addition, we have acquired Zaria Hotels as an annex to the college to augment the existing facilities.”

The minister assured the college’s management that the government would continue to address areas needing improvement.

Regarding rumors about relocating the college’s fire simulator and other facilities, Keyamo dismissed them, stating, “There is nothing like that. If we move them, where would we take them? NCAT is the training hub for the aviation industry; such rumors are spread by mischief-makers.”

Mr. Joseph Imalighwe, Acting Rector of NCAT, expressed gratitude to the minister for his visit and ongoing support for the college.