Special Adviser to the President on Niger-Delta and Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Hon. Kingsley Kuku, has said that the President Goodluck Jonathan did not interfere in the discharge of his duties, especially as regards selection of beneficiaries of various youth empowerment programmes by his office.
Kuku said he would reveal the reasons behind specific youth empowerment policies, particularly the professional trainings in the aviation sector embarked upon by his office in a comprehensive narrative.
He also explained why he visited and held a closed door meeting with former vice presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare.
Speaking during the week, Kuku said his visit to Bakare was spurred the need to apologise to him for his utterances against him during the fuel subsidy removal protest.
Though other salient issues discussed were not made public, Kuku said he had looked forward to an opportunity to “say sorry” to Bakare for the statements he made about his person during the subsidy removal protest led by Bakare and other civil society organisations in Lagos.
Kuku said President Jonathan was displeased with his utterances against the Man of God, categorically apologised over the harsh statement that he uttered against the cleric. “I must confess that Mr. President personally scolded me for attacking the personality of Pastor Bakare in my attempt to defend government position on the removal of subsidy from fuel. We have discussed it over.”
And while announcing the emoluments for the nine newly-trained commercial pilots who left the shores of Nigeria to acquire advance expertise in type rating training at the CAE Oxford Aviation Academy in the United Kingdom, he noted that the beneficiaries were selected purely on merit and satisfactory character.
“You should be grateful to God for the man who gives job and did not interfere in the job. He has given you the opportunity even your parents could not give. I didn’t know many of you, but you are here today doing us proud,” he said.
The nine pilots, who were among the 31 Niger Delta youths trained recently in South Africa would undergo type rating training on different aircraft types, including Boeing737 Next Generation aircraft (737NG). The other 22 pilots are already undergoing Lufthansa flight training in Frankfurt, Germany.
Kuku, stated that the training would afford the pilots opportunities to attract employment opportunities in leading airline companies across the world, adding that the training would afford them the opportunity to work anywhere in the world.
According to him, CAE Oxford Aviation Academy is the largest flight training network in the world, delivering and supporting training at 11 high quality training academies.
He noted that the Academy operates to the highest standards and develops pilots to be well prepared for safety and efficiency in the operation of commercial aircraft.
“Our due diligence checks have since shown that CAE Oxford Aviation Academy’s programme are usually designed to comply with standards published by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the requirements of National Aviation Authorities (NAAs) including the Nigeria n Civil Aviation Authority,” he said.
The Office of the Special Adviser on Niger Delta had recently mobilised a set of 30 youths from the oil-rich region to study various graduate and undergraduate courses in the United Kingdom, on full scholarship.
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