The National President of Aeronautical Information Management Association of Nigeria (AIMAN), William Ngerem has appealed to the Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika to as a matter of urgency approve special intervention fund to speed up the completion of AIS automation.
He said this while delivering his opening speech at the 2019 World AIS Day Celebration organised by AIMAN today in Lagos.
The National President explained that the fund would ensure enhanced safety and efficiency in the Nigerian airspace and bring Nigeria at par with the Western world and African nations that have made laudable advancement in this regard.
He, however stated that significant progress had been made with the approval for the acquisition of an AIS simulator that is compatible with that of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency(NAMA).
Ngerem commended the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) for efforts at acquiring AIS simulator for the training of AIS personnel.
He stated that despite efforts by the Managing Director of NAMA, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu to ensure the completion of the automation of AIS and upgrading of navigational facilities at Nigerian airports, there were still a few challenges that should be addressed urgently.
Ngerem added that it was discovered that factory acceptance has not been carried out on the Aeronautical Message Handling System (AMHS),which is the gateway that the AIS will ride on.
The National President noted that besides that, of the 245 AIS personnel in NAMA only 13 AIS staff were trained on the Avitech software AMHS,/AIS Course–8,AIM and Structured publishing training–5,against the average 200 personnel required to run the automation.
According to him, “There is therefore a serious need for more trainings of AIS personnel towards the transition from AIS to AIM to meet the required standards. A conducive environment is equally crucial to the automation project as this will play a key role in ensuring the highest performance and professionalism of personnel.”
Ngerem also called on the management of NAMA, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)and NCAT to consider the idea of insuring their staff by facilitating the completion and full commencement of the NHIS programme, adding that an organisation is only as healthy as its workforce.