By Eric Elezuo
The mark of excellence and positive continuity is a reflection of an organization that has adequately dotted its ‘Is’ and crossed its ‘Ts’ as well as perfected its game plan for all round industrial competition. This is very apt for a foremost aviation and travel management institution, Aeroport.
Recently, the Aeroport College of Aviation and Travel Management located in the bubbling Ajao Estate, pulled all stops to celebrated her maiden convocation and award ceremony where a whooping number of 103 seasoned students, with mastery in various craft of aviation and travel management disciplines were graduated.
The milestone event which was themed “Aviation, Travel and Tourism: Our Passport to The Future”, took place at the prestigious Royal Jatoz Hotel, Ajao Estate with a gathering of prolific individuals from all works of life, especially the aviation industry.
The talk of the town event kicked off with the induction of new students, who veritably appeared hungry for academic success. In their hoods, they took the oath of allegiance, promising to be up and doing to the best of their God given abilities.
The induction was followed by an exquisite red carpet session where members of the gaily dressed public with management and staff of the institution took turns to pose before the zealous group of paparazzis.
As a neatly planned event, the procession of happy-faced graduands following the academic and management staff, matched gloriously into the hall that was to host the grand event.
Everyone seated, the institution’s Director of Studies and the brain behind the success story, Mr. Taiwo Gideon Oludayo declared the convocation open with a short speech, and followed it up the introduction of dignitaries present.
In his speech, Mr. Oludayo narrated his journey into the now blooming Aviation industry, stressing that despite kicking off his career as a green horn office assistant nine years before now, he had been able make a point in the industry. The Director expressed his pride at the institution’s ability to produce quality graduates in fields like Air Ticketing and Reservations (ATR), Tourism Management (TOM), Travel Agency Mangement (TAM), Cargo Handling Skills (CGS) and Hospitality Management (HOM).
In creating more lofty ideals, Oludayo maintained that the college was in the process of accomplishing an Air Transport Training Institute License from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to “greatly enrich learning experience and promote excellence in student centered service delivery”.
He noted as well the school’s continuous effort to promote the tourism industry in Nigeria, stressing that students had been taken on excursions to sites like Whispering Palms, Q-Brat Zoo, Slave Museums, First Storey Building in Nigeria, Point of No Return for Slaves, Sultan Beach and the Lekki Conservation Centre in Lagos among others.
A special fund raising session for a N15, 000, 000 tour bus was undertaken, and guests donated generously. The bus, according to the Director will make excursions easier and more affordable, adding that that the school also had plans to organize the first Miss Tourism pageantry in Nigeria.
While congratulating the students on their academic excellence, he charged them to go into the field and excel and impact others, pledging support whenever required.
The presentation of awards and certificates of excellence followed the speech. Among the awardees was the President of the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), Mr. Bankole Bernard, who carted away the role model leader’s award.
Becoming the president of NANTA unlocked a level in Mr. Bankole’s professional game in the Aviation industry. He has also made some reforms to the association by employing more people as well as increasing the professionalism level in the industry. Through NANTA, he has been able to create some form of awareness to let the government know about the opportunities available in the industry.
The award of diplomas the 103 graduating students was professionally carried out just deserving dignitaries and students that excel in various fields were given plagues and certificates. Among the presented to dignitaries were Travel Partner Merit Award, Distinguish Service Awards, Excellence in Travel Business Award, Merit Wards.
Mrs. Joanna Owolabi, Agency Manager of Hamptons Travels, who was also prestigiously awarded, gave the vote of thanks even as Akinkunmi Awotundun, the rep of the 2016/2017 set gave a warming valedictory speech.
The Director of Studies was on hand to declare the convocation closed and a sumptuous dinner comprising an array of continental and local with choice wines followed.
The Boss cornered two of the student awardees who excelled in their given fields and they bare their minds as well as their aspirations.
Moses Ediani is the best graduating student: Hear him:
“My name is Edian Moses. I won the overall best student at Aeroport College of Aviation and Travel Management, 2017 set.
“Honestly, I didn’t see this coming but I‘ve always known that I did my best and put in all my effort and I’m so happy to God for this. I also appreciate the school management for this award.
Contributors to success
“A lot of things did, actually. I had to work shifts and come to school at the same time. It wasn’t easy but at the end of the day, I made it.”
“Do not give up. Never give up no matter how hard it is at the beginning because in the end, it’s all going to be worth it,” Moses Ediani concluded.
Joy Akpa grabbed the Leadership Award as Best Student Governor for batch C. She told the Boss:
“My name is Akpa Joy Ifeoma. I won the leadership award as the student governor of Batch C. I won because I exhibited the total makeup of leadership in the way I conducted, co-ordinated and organized people during my tenure. I practically made others meet up academic standard of the institution. It was my duty to make those I governed to achieve their full academic and social potential.
“My leadership abilities were also visible in my comportment and confidence when speaking with the public.
Joy, whose major hubby is to organize and rightly co-ordinate individuals and materials, hopes to work in a great organization ‘so I can have a better life for myself and others’.
The next convocation event is due in the next one session.