In a bid to ensure continuous safety and seamless navigation in Nigeria, the Federal Government has pledged to collaborate with the relevant stakeholders in the aviation industry such as the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Association (IFATCA),Africa and Middle East regions.
A statement from the Head Public Affairs Department of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency(NAMA),Khalid Emele, and made available to aviation correspondents last Wednesday, explained that the minister of state for aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika has assured that government was prepared to partner with the international body of air traffic controllers to ensure safe skies both in Nigeria and globally.
The minister according to the statement, noted that there had been a deliberate and aggressive efforts by government in the area of operational manpower training and retraining, in its bid to ensure that air traffic controllers are proficient in their job.
According to the statement, a total number of 86 air traffic controllers have been trained and employed under the watch of the minister of state for aviation, irika, while 46 are currently undergoing training at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology in Zaria.
Also, another set of 40 air traffic controllers that were trained by the Kano State government have been absorbed into the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, the statement added.
It said that government, as part of efforts to make the work of air traffic controllers more efficient and less cumbersome, had earlier deployed Automatic Dependent Surveillance- Contract/Controller Pilot Data Link Communication in Kano and Lagos area control centres.