From Sola Ojo, Kaduna
Chairman, House (of Representatives) Committee on Air Force, Samson Okwu on Wednesday said the committee will accelerate the passage of the Air Force Institute of Technology bill which he said has scaled through second reading.
This he said when his team took assessment tour of facilities at Institute’s campus in Kaduna.
He said as a responsible committee, “we did not limit ourselves to what they told us but we took our time to come and access the facilities on ground and we are encouraged with what we have seen, base on which we are going to give the bill a speedy passage.
“The bill has already passed through second reading and because we have process that lead to passage of any bill including public hearing, all which may happen before the end of the year.”
He stressed further that the committee’s visit to the institute is in line with the provisions of Section 62 (1) of the 1999 constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and in accordance with Order XVIII, Rule 133 of the House Standing Order.
He further added that the visit had acquaint the committee with clear understanding of the intents and purpose of establishing the Institute with a view to making appropriate recommendations on the bill before the National Assembly.
Commandant AFIT, Air Commodore Musbau Adekunle Soladoye, hinted that if passed into law, the Institute shall have the impetus of international system which was one of several reasons for its establishment in the first place.
“With the speedy passage of the bull into law, we shall be able to interact with International communities thereby enhancing our knowledge. It will also afford the institute the opportunity to access developmental funds hanging somewhere within the international community which can only be happen if their law establishing you.
AFIT was established among other mandates, to cater for the development of the logistics manpower needs of the Nigerian Air Force.