The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) have resolved a longstanding dispute over the Boeing 737-NG full flight fire simulator.

In a statement signed by Mrs. Obiageli Orah, Director of Public Affairs & Consumer Protection, it was announced that the simulator, acquired by the federal government in 2019 and installed at NCAT in Zaria, had been a point of contention regarding its usage and revenue generation.

A crucial meeting held at FAAN’s Executive Boardroom in Lagos brought key stakeholders from both organizations together to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. The meeting, chaired by FAAN’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Mrs. Olubunmi Kuku, included FAAN’s top management team, a delegation from NCAT led by Rector/CEO Mr. Joseph Imalighwe, and representatives from the Nigerian Aviation Fire and Safety Association (NAFSA).

The parties agreed to share both the revenue and liabilities associated with the simulator. Additionally, FAAN will utilize its extensive network to attract foreign trainees to the facility, generating additional revenue for both institutions.

The Multi-Purpose Aircraft Fire Simulator, which provides various practical firefighting and rescue scenarios, was acquired for approximately N5.2 billion by the previous administration. It is expected to save Nigeria significant amounts in foreign currency previously spent on overseas training.

Mrs. Olubunmi Kuku expressed satisfaction with the agreement, stating, “We are happy to have finally come to this agreement between sister organizations in the interest of the safety of our passengers and improving the competence of our brave firefighters. This will improve our image globally and attract revenue that both organizations need. As I have always said, safety will always take priority in everything we do at FAAN, and this is a demonstration of that.”

The collaboration is set to enhance the capabilities of Nigerian aviation firefighters and position the country as a regional hub for aviation safety training with the B737 fire simulator.