Shortage of ATCs: NAMA converts Non-technical staff, raises allowance

Aeronautical allowances of workers of the Nigerian Airspace are Management Agency NAMA is to be enhanced to reflect the economic situation in the country. 

The Managing Director of NAMA, Captain Fola Akinkoutu, who disclosed this in his remarks at the 50th Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Association NATCA in Abuja said, NAMA was was worried over the death rate recorded among Air Traffic Controllerd in the last few years, saying that the Management was alive to its responsibility in areas of workers welfare.

He explained that, a lot had been done by the present Management of NAMA and in a bid to address the issue of shortage of ATCs, NAMA converted non technical staff in the system to technical staff while most of the retired ATCs were also engaged after their retirement. 

Captain Akinkuotu also disclosed that, government had provided funds for the upgrade of safe towers in the country and that NAMA was unrelenting to achieve its goals.

He commended members of NATCA for their selfless service and sued for dialogue always to address all pending NATCA issues amicably.

The Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Captain Rabiu Yadudu in his good will message, acknowledged the contributions and the role of ATCs and urged stakeholders to celebrate them. 

He noted that, the hallmark of Aviation was safety stressing that no safety, no aviation industry. 

The FAAN boss also highlighted the need for effective communication between the cockpit and the ATCs. 

In his address of welcome, the president of NATCA, Abayomi Agoro, said they were heaving a sigh of relief seeing the aviation industry was gradually coming back on track from the scare of the Covid pandemic. 

He reiterated their MAYDAY call for the review of the ATC scheme of service as the ATC Scheme of Service was an issue that had lingered for too long, adding that it would not be a bad idea if the issue was revisited with a view to drawing the attention of the relevant authorities to have it resolved once and for all.

“NATCA Executive Council took it up head-on and we sincerely cannot shy away from admitting that identified solution to the problem required several journey and special interventions”.

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