This is just as the airspace agency has also recertified a total of 30 air traffic controllers in different categories air traffic control bringing to 194, the number of controllers certified since 2020.
In a statement from NAMA, the 30 ATCs were trained in categories including Terminal Approach Radar, Area Procedural Control and Area Surveillance Control after passing the required proficiency/rating tests.
They were also certified mentally fit in line with Annex 1 of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and part II of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulation (NCAR).
The recently certified air traffic controllers are currently being posted to strategic aerodromes in the country according to their need as part of efforts to boost capacity and efficiency of air traffic management in the country.
Responding to the capacity boosting by the agency, it’s Managing Director, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu said that from year 2020 to date, the agency recertified a total of 194 air traffic controllers in addition to their periodic training and retraining, targeted at keeping them up to speed with latest skills and technology in air traffic management to ensure they remain competitive with their peers globally.
The NAMA helmsman also revealed that in order to reduce delays and congestion in the nation’s airspace the agency has commenced the construction of Aerodrome and Approach Control simulator at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos as a pilot project to be replicated in Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt.
Akinkuotu who noted that the safety of the Nigerian airspace remained a cardinal goal of the agency also enjoined air traffic controllers to continue putting in their best in order to justify government’s huge investment in building critical infrastructure as well as capacity of personnel.