A Nigerian, Mrs. Aniema Ukpong, has broken seven years record in an American university by scoring 100 per cent in her Federal Aviation Administration Examinations.
Ukpong was among the 15 engineers sponsored by the Akwa Ibom State Government to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, to undergo a study in Airframe and Power Avionic Engineering.
The Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Godwill Umoh, on Monday disclosed this at a briefing in Uyo.
Umoh explained that the engineers would return next year December to support the work at the Ibom International Airport.
He said the state government was passionate about the speedy completion of the project, adding that the state of the art perimeter fencing around the airport was near completion.
He said, ?Fifteen engineers in Airframe and Power Plant and Avionic Engineering Departments are undergoing training at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA and would return to Nigeria next year (2009) December.
?It is worth mentioning that one of our trainees, Mrs. Aniema Victor Ukpong, Avionic engineer, has broken a seven-year record at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University by scoring 100 per cent in FAA examinations,? Umoh said.
The commissioner added that before the exit of the former prime contractor to the airport project, Dyncorp International, work had progressed on the runway interim building, airport access roads, water and sewage treatment facility and other buildings.
He explained that the state government had re-awarded the airport contract to Alcon Nigeria Limited to complete the remaining part of the project within the stipulated time.
He stressed that the signing of the contract took place between the state government and the representatives of Alcon Nigeria Limited on Friday, December 12, 2008.
Umoh expressed optimism that the first aircraft would land at the Akwa Ibom State International Airport on September 23, 2009.
The commissioner said tourism was a potential that would attract investors into the state.
He said the building of the Tropicana Entertainment Centre would add beauty and splendor to the already impressive features of the ever-changing face of the state.