In a bid to increase capacity of existing manpower in Air Traffic Management for the implementation of Performance Based Navigation (PBN), the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), has approved the training of 15 Air Traffic Controllers on a combined Terminal Approach Surveillance Radar/Area Airways Surveillance Radar course at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria.
Ibrahim Abdulsalam, the Managing Director of the agency disclosed this in a press statement adding that the course was scheduled to last for 10 weeks.
He noted that the combined radar course which is another milestone in Nigerian aviation became possible as part of Memorandum of Understanding MOU signed recently with NCAT and the Federal Government policy on training.
To him, “this innovation is targeted at reducing cost training for the agency as well as shortening the time lag between both trainings. On-the-Job-Training (OJT) for the two courses would thereafter be done sequentially as against when they used to be run separately.
“40 Air Traffic Controllers are presently undergoing the Basic Air Traffic Control Course at NCAT Zaria in 2 batches and the course is expected to last till 2016, another arrangements has also been concluded for another set of 15 Air Traffic Controllers to proceed for the combined Approach/Enroute Surveillance Radar Course after the present batch graduates.”
While charging participants to ensure they justify the huge investment NAMA was making in human capital development by showing commitment and dedication to their studies with the aim of “supporting management in building a more robust and seamless Air Traffic Management system in Nigeria” stressing that “our commitment remains to develop adequate manpower capacity as a major requirement for the implementation of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) in Nigeria.
Abdulsalam confirmed that experienced field officers have been sent to NCAT to monitor the progress of training in the college and also observe any lapses whatsoever