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NATCA renews call to address problems of communication/surveillance facilities

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The Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers’ Association (NATCA) has enjoined all Stakeholders in the Nigerian Aviation industry to develop a framework for stronger collaboration to be able to achieve and sustain zero air accident;
In a communique at the end of its 47th  Annual General Meeting /Election in Ikeja – Lagos, NATCA says the Ministry of Transportation should as a matter of urgency, see to the completion of the construction of the abandoned new Control Tower at the Kaduna Airport to replace the old one that got burnt on 20th April, 2014 in the overall interest of air safety.
The communique signed by its out-gone  president and General Secretary, Mr.Victor Eyaru and Banji Olawode, appealled to the  Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika to personally intervene on the fixing of the Runway 18L/36R lightings and the abandoned Taxiway B to increase the capacity of the Lagos airport, and also to reduce the workload on the pilots and controllers.
The Association used the occasion of the AGM/Election with the theme: “Stronger Collaboration for Zero Air Accident” to encourages the Federal Government to come to the aid of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to speed up the ongoing upgrade of the Controller-Pilot and Controller-Controller communication facilities as well as Surveillance Equipment to meet up with the required standards for sustenance of air safety;
On the much talked about retirement age of ATCOs, the Association say this should be reviewed to 65 years  irrespective of length of service to arrest attrition rate as applicable to professionals like medical Doctors, Pilots, Judges and Lecturers.
According to the communique, “Giving the strategic importance of ATC to the safety and security of the national airspace, the association considers it expedient to request government to consider the inclusion of Air Traffic Controllers for training at NIPS and National Defense College in preparation for higher responsibility”.
They added, “Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers’ Association calls on Federal Government to accede to the request to create dedicated Grading System and Salary Structure for Air Traffic Controllers to conform with international best practices and as for Medical Doctors, Nurses and University Lecturers”.
They commended the ongoing effort of the Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika to upgrade critical Aviation facilities to encourage an improved service delivery and safety.

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