Kwara shuts illegal aviation school

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The Kwara Government on Wednesday closed down an aviation school operating illegally and offering degree programmes  to unsuspecting people.

The Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Saka Onimago,  told newsmen that the school known as HIK School for Aviation, was not accredited by the Nigerian University Commission (NUC).

Onimago,  who was represented by Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, the Director of Quality Assurance Bureau (QAB) in  the ministry,  said  the school charged  students N43, 000 per semester.

He also  said  the school did  not have the approval of the  Nigerian Education Research and Development Council (NERDC).

“The consultant prepared his own scheme of work formulated by the HIK centre, not having anything to do with NERDC,” he said.

According to him, students in the school have  no science background as most of them had only qualifications in  Islamic Religious Knowledge, Christian Religious Knowledge and Yoruba.

The commissioner said  victims,  who graduated from the  school,  claimed it was affiliated to Kwara State University, adding that this was false.

Mr Kolawole Idris, a consultant for the  school and  who identified himself as a professor was, however, unable to produce any evidence of  his qualifications.

He told the joint task force from the Ministry of  Tertiary Education, Science and Technology and Ministry of Education that he was a pensioner of the Nigerian Airways.

Idris said the institution was offering  programmes leading to award of  diploma, B.SC and B.ED in aviation.

He also told the officials that he got his training  in aviation studies in Europe, adding that the school had  150 students.

“You are politicising this action by closing down my school,” he said.