President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday commended the International Helicopter Flying School, Enugu for producing 42 pilots, which was the first batch to graduate from the school.
The president, who was represented at the ceremony by his deputy, Namadi Sambo, said by the graduation, the Nigerian Airforce, has achieved an important milestone in its history.
He said that the new pilots coming on stream would not only help to boost the capacity and capability of the Airforce, but would also enhance the performance of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
Jonathan said that the success of the project was a clear demonstration that the Airforce was heading in the right direction in its quest to reposition itself among its contemporaries in other countries.
He lauded the quality of training at the school, adding that it measured up to international standards.
Jonathan, therefore, urged the new pilots to demonstrate excellence and professionalism in their duties in order to help take the Airforce and the nation to greater heights.
In their separate speeches, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu and the Rector of the School, Group Captain I.A Yahaya commended the Federal Government for providing the necessary resources for the effective development of the school, promising to ensure that it meets all the expectations set by the government.
Speaking at the ceremony, billionaire businessman, Prince Arthur Eze, noted that Enugu State has become the best place to invest in the country, which credit, he said, should be given to Governor Sullivan Chime.
Eze, who said that Chime has “completely transformed the state,” commended the Federal Government for its commitment to the project.
Dignitaries, who witnessed the event, included Governor Chime, his deputy, Rev Raphael Nwoye, former Governor of old Anambra State and Senator Jim Nwobodo, among others.