Six Nigerian aviation students have returned home from the UK after successfully completing the inaugural British Airways’ Leaders of Tomorrow programme, an internship aimed at promoting excellence in Nigerian aviation.
The two-week internship included spending a week with the airline’s commercial team in Lagos and another visiting various departments from engineering to revenue management at its head office, Waterside in the United Kingdom.
It culminated with Keith Williams, British Airways’ chief executive, presenting the six undergraduate students of Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) with global airline aviation training certificates. They are Zaria, Abimbola Caulcrick, Fajemisin Peter Adebola, Adachie Eneojo, Banigo Michael, Ubong George Itok, and Ogunranti Olaluwa.
Speaking during the presentation, Mr Williams said the British Airways Leaders of Tomorrow programme celebrates the aspirations of young aviation students who represent the future of aviation in Nigeria. He commended the winners for their outstanding performance during the training in Nigeria and United Kingdom.
“We embarked on the Leaders of Tomorrow initiative because we recognise how important a robust and well-run aviation sector is for any economy and particularly one with as much potential as Nigeria. We hope that the knowledge, expertise and experience we were able to pass on to these students will contribute to in some small way to the future of Nigerian aviation,” he said.
Fajemisin Peter, one of the winners who spoke on behalf of the others after receiving their certificates, expressed his delight at the training and thanked British Airways for its determination to implement the programme: “On behalf of all the winners, we want to express our appreciation to British Airways for doing this for Nigeria. This internship gave us access to extensive and professional aviation training, covering both theory and practice and which was championed by experts. With what we have learned throughout the programme, I can confidently say that we will be going back to promote excellence in the Nigeria aviation sector.”
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