The government has hailed the National Institute of Transport (NIT) for innovations that have led to the introduction of various new courses crucial for the country’s development.
The Minister for Transport, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, said in Dar es Salaam that the government will also consider increment in funds allocation for increased efficiency at the institute.
Dr Mwakyembe was speaking during the handover of a certificate number CCA/ATO/3144 for handling of dangerous goods trainings issued by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority to NIT. “I congratulate the NIT management for innovation and efforts that led to the introduction of this new course which is vital for economic development of the nation,” he said.
Dr Mwakyembe noted that the course was vital in reducing negative effects of dangerous goods emanating from mishandling. “The economic growth of the country depends highly on the growth of the transportation sector. I thus call upon NIT to increase innovation and come up with more courses that will help us develop,” he said.
Statistics have it that the government has been spending up to 5,000 US dollars to train experts on handling of dangerous goods abroad. The course is thus said to be of a big importance in saving costs. The NIT Rector, Dr Zacharia Mganilwa, said that the institute would soon launch pilot, aircraft technician courses.
Dr Mganilwa noted that the currently 60 per cent of pilots and aircraft maintenance experts in the country hail from foreign countries. “We currently have 40 in service aviation staff undergoing trainings in our institute and we are working closely with Air Tanzania Company Limited in improving our syllabuses,” he said.
He noted that in collaboration with ATCL, NIT has completed preparation of syllabus that will be used in training aircraft maintenance technicians and was now waiting for accreditation from TCAA. “It is our hope that accreditation will be awarded within this year so we can admit aircraft maintenance students,” he said.
By ABDULWAKIL SAIBOKO, Tanzania Daily News