Speaking after visiting National Institute of Transport on Saturday, Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Engineer Isack Kamwele said that the government wants to put an end to such expenditure by investing heavily at the institute so that such experts should be trained locally.
Eng. Kamwele revealed that plans are underway to procure three planes for training plus other modern equipment to enable NIT train all types of aviation personnel needed by the local industry.
“We will invest heavily at this institute to make sure that we stop sending abroad for training our aviation students because the bill is very huge,” he said. He added: “The government’s aim is to see our institute of transport have all necessary facilities that will the training of every type of aviation experts to feed the rapidly growing domestic market,” the Transport Minister stated.
He said his ministry wants to see NIT train not only pilots and cabin crew personnel but also aircraft technicians and engineers. “Air Tanzania has been well received by the people so we need maintain standards of services being delivered,” Eng Kamwele stressed noting that ATCL’s latest acquisition, a Boeing Dreamliner is a sophisticated plane which needs highly qualified people to man.
“Our new plane is full when flying from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza via Kilimanjaro, which is an indication that Tanzanians are supporting the government’s efforts to revive Air Tanzania,” he noted.
While at NIT, Eng Kamwele visited the motor vehicle inspection centre, railway research and training centre, aviation training facilities, computer lab and later held a meeting with the institute’s community.
Briefing the Minister, NIT Rector Engineer Dr Zacharia Mganilwa said the country’s rapid transformation of the transport sector, is forcing the institute to enrol more students but also introduce new disciplines.
“This therefore necessitates National Institute of Transport (NIT) to train and produce highly qualified and competent human resources for all modes of transport such as road, railway, maritime, air and pipeline,” Eng Dr Mganilwa noted.
He further added that in order to meet the country’s growing transport sector, NIT has already embarked on increasing student enrolment and introducing new diploma and degree programmes to meet market needs.
“The government has made notable changes in the transport sector including establishment of regulatory authorities such as Sumatra, TCAA which need a different kinds of expertise,” the NIT Rector pointed out.
Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority and Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority are regulatory bodies charged with road, water and air transport.