Coming closely on the heels of the fire outbreak at owerri airport, the Federal government has announced the acquisition of an automatic aircraft firefighter simulator aircraft. in a statement signed by the director press aviation, Mr James Odaudu,the builders carried out the factory acceptance and pre shipment inspection test of the simulator in the presence of top government functionaries including the minister of state of aviation,Hadi Sirika.The simulator reported to be the first of its kind in Africa is a modern-multi scenario fire fighting simulator capable of delivering training for different types of operational incidents involving aircraft in the aerodrome and its vicinity.
Minister of state for aviation who spoke after inspecting the equipment said it is a key safety equipment and will cost 5 billion naira.He said the equipment will be used at the Nigeria college of aviation technology Zaria.The only other simulator in Africa is in Cameroon and is not automatic, as hightech or as multi functional as the one purchased.The minister expressed hope that once installed Nigeria will be a hub for comprehensive fire trainings. This will also save the country millions in forex as well as generate revenue according to Yasir Abdullahi ,Africa rep for Messrs Alpine Metal Tech.company.
It will be recalled that a few days back, there was a fire disaster at Owerri airport.