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Graduation Ceremony For Caverton AW139 Engineers

  • (L-R)Mr. A.Kekere-Ekun Director Caverton, Engr. C. Okorie GM Monitoring & Evaluation NCDMB, Mr. Aderemi Makanjuola Chairman COSG PLC, Engr. C. Totty Aircraft Certification NCAA, Mr. Bode Makanjuola CEO COSG PLC.jpg
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    (L-R)Mr. A.Kekere-Ekun Director Caverton, Engr. C. Okorie GM Monitoring & Evaluation NCDMB, Mr. Aderemi Makanjuola Chairman COSG PLC, Engr. C. Totty Aircraft Certification NCAA, Mr. Bode Makanjuola CEO COSG PLC.jpg
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I  take this opportunity on behalf of the Caverton Offshore Support Group PLC to welcome you to this graduation ceremony. We thank you for leaving everything aside and come to celebrate the achievement of these young men and women.

This is  another milestone in our effort and commitment to develop local capacity within the Aviation sector of the Nigeria economy. Today we commemorate the successful completion of the AW139 Type Rating course by  another batch of engineers. The course was delivered by the renowned REH Helicopters LTD UK at our offices at Ozumba Mbadiwe Victoria Island and the Executive Flight Facilty at Ikeja Lagos, Nigeria. In addition to twelve students sponsored by Caverton and one self-sponsoring candidate, two NCAA Inspectors from the Directorate of Air Worthiness were also accommodated.

As you may be aware, there is a shortfall in the pool of type-rated engineers in the country.  Caverton has a dedicated program to train and give types to indigenous  engineers on an ongoing basis.This investment in training ties in with the vision of the Nigerian  Government on local content in so many ways. Indigenous staff are trained to world standards  and deployed within our operations. We do not have to spend scarce foreign exchange recruiting  staff from all over the world. In this way, we build indigenous capacity and also stem capital flight from the Nigerian shores. According to Mr. Adeniyi Makanjuola, Chairman Caverton Helicopters “by collaborating with renowned training providers to deliver training in-country, and having the oversight of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Caverton has demonstrated that it is an innovative company that can adequately adapt the business to meet  changes in the operating environment.”

As a company, Caverton strongly believes that Nigerians can compete favorably with the best in the world if given the opportunity. This is the abiding lesson from our own corporate history, a lesson that we have turned into an article of faith. It is our belief that a critical aspect of giving opportunity to Nigerians is providing them the scarce skill-sets and the experience to compete in highly technical areas. We are proud to say that we are contributing to the pool of trained indigenous workforce for the benefit of the company and the greater good of the aviation sector and the country as a whole. 

It is our expectation that this class of graduands will use the knowledge they have received to better their careers and bring about meaningful impact to the company.     Today you have accomplished one stage of your careers. However, the end of one stage is the beginning of the new one. According to Mr. Sean Ward Deputy Technical Manager Shell Contract at Caverton: “following the completion, the engineers will be positioned within the Company to the operational bases that will add more of the practical elements required to the theoretical knowledge they have obtained to become unrestricted Licensed Type Rated AW139 Engineers. During this time period, the Engineering Training Department, as well as, the Maintenance Managers on the respective operational bases will act as Mentors and provide a structured path in their development process.” It should be noted that as the largest operator of AW 139 aircraft in the region and the Authorized Agusta Westland Service Centre, our vision is to be a one-stop-shop for training and logistics services in Sub-Saharan Africa. This offers boundless opportunities to those who have the skills that today’s graduands have obtained.

I would like to specially recognize the efforts of the senior members of the Caverton management team thus far in helping these graduands with the necessary encouragement that has helped them pull through a very rigorous programme. Your leadership and direction has given them the right foundation and we hope that this will continue to serve them throughout their careers and that you will continue to support them in whatever capacity you can. 

Caverton Helicopters has made significant investments towards human capacity development in Nigeria. The company has trained local pilots, engineers and seafarers in support of its aviation and marine logistics service provision to the oil and gas industry in Nigeria in line with government’s intention to increase indigenous participation in the industry through the development of human capacity, as stipulated in the Nigerian Content Development Act of 2010.  We will not rest on our laurels. We will continue to contribute our quota to ensuring that highly skilled indigenous technical  manpower is added to the workforce for the benefit of the Nigerian economy and as part of giving back as a responsible corporate citizen.

Thank you very much and congratulations to all the graduands.


Capt. Josiah Choms PhD

Managing Director