Aviation communications personnel capped in Zaria

ABUJA: THE Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) in Zaria has graduated 36 Aeronautical Communications staff of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA). Supo Atobatele, NAMA General Manager of Personal Administration, said the capping followed the course which began in January.

The course is designed to fully equip participants with basic critical communication skills and latest technical competence required for the collation, processing, storage and dissemination of aeronautical information, he added.

He said the Managing Director of NAMA, Engineer Ibrahim Abdulsalam, congratulated the graduating staff for their hard work and perseverance leading to their success.

Abdulsalam noted that as part of his administration’s quest to key into the safety initiative of President Goodluck Jonathan, NAMA had invested heavily in the deployment of sophisticated hi-tech navigational, surveillance and communication infrastructure across the country. “We have therefore embarked on an aggressive drive to boost capacity in the critical area of operations through training and re-training of personnel to keep pace and remain compliant with the dynamics of evolving technologies,” he said.

He also recalled that as part of the agency’s larger programme of building critical manpower capacity, 79 Air Traffic controllers were recently rated by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

A total of 48 Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) officers also concluded their basic training at NCAT, Zaria recently, while 32 newly recruited Air Traffic Controllers have also concluded their training in Zaria.

Abdulsalam tasked the Aeronautical Communications Officers to support management in its drive to continue to enhance safety of the Nigerian airspace by showing more commitment and dedication to duty.

The rector of the college, Captain Samuel Caulcrick, noted that the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology had been acknowledged worldwide for its high academic standards and stressed that its products could compete favourably with best international standards.