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Aviation agency appoints more traffic controllers

19 September 2014, 08:55Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA has boosted its technical capacity with the appointment of more than 20 new Cadet Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs).

The 21 ATCs, who are graduates of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, (NCAT) Zaria, Kaduna State are expected to fill the gap created by several officers who retired from NAMA recently.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the cadets, Engrineer Ibrahim Abdulsalam, Managing Director of NAMA, charged the remaining students to justify the huge investment in  the course of their training by remaining committed and dedicated to duty , in the overall interest of safety of the Nigerian airspace.

Abdulsalam  noted that as part of the transformation of the aviation sector, resulting in the remodelling of airports and the deployment of sophisticated Communication, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management infrastructure among others across the country, NAMA was investing heavily on the training and retraining of personnel.

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This was particularly in the safety critical manpower resources in order to ensure the safe, effective, economic and efficient utilisation of these equipment and to keep pace with the dynamics of new technology.

"The increasing demand for air traffic services over the years, occasioned by the rapid growth in population and the establishment of state and privately owned airports nationwide vis a vis the high turnover of critical manpower arising from retirements and deaths prompted the agency to resort to contracting retired Air Traffic Controllers and Air Traffic Engineers as a short-term remedy,” the NAMA executive said.

Commending the graduating students for their perseverance and hard work, Abdulsalam also praised management of NCAT for the tremendous support and co-operation accorded the students while the course lasted.

Capt. Samuel Caulcrick, Rector of NCAT, pointed out that the high academic standard and rigorous training offered by the institution makes it stand out as a centre of excellence and one of the best in the world.

He charged the graduating students to be worthy ambassadors of NCAT by impacting positively to the growth of the nation’s aviation industry.

- CAJ News


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