The Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Capt. Fola Akinkoutu, has stated that aeronautical allowances of workers of the agency would be enhanced to reflect the economic situation in the country.
He disclosed this in his remark at the 50th Annual General Meeting(AGM) of the Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) in Abuja.
Akinkuotu said, NAMA was worried over the death rate recorded among ATCs in the last few years in the country, adding that the management of the agency was alive to its responsibility in areas of workers’ welfare .
A lot, he said has been done by the present management of NAMA, stressing that in a bid to address the issue of shortage of ATCs, the agency converted non-technical staff in the system to technical staff while most of the retired ATCs were also engaged after their retirement .
The Federal Government, he disclosed has provided funds for the upgrade of safe towers in the country, adding that NAMA was unrelenting to achieve its goals.
He commended members of NATCA for their selfless service and sued for dialogue always to address all pending NATCA issues amicably .
The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Capt. Hamisu Yadudu in his good will message, acknowledged the contributions and the role of ATCs and urged stakeholders to celebrate them.
Yadudu noted that the hallmark of aviation is safety stressing that no safety, no aviation industry.
He also highlighted the need for effective communication and between the cockpit and aircraft.
In his welcome address, the president of NATCA, Abayomi Agoro, said they now have a sigh of relief, seeing that the aviation industry was gradually coming back on track from the scare of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He called on the government to reciprocate the good gestures and sacrifices made by the service providers and safety personnel in the aviation industry as appropriate, by looking into the various challenges in the industry with a view to finding lasting solutions to them.
He reiterated the MAYDAY call for the review of the ATC scheme of service as the ATC Scheme of Service was an issue that has lingered for too long adding that it will not be a bad idea if the issue was revisited with a view
to drawing the attention of the relevant authorities to have it resolved once and for all.
“NATCA Executive Council took it up head-on and we sincerely cannot shy away from admitting that identified solution to the problem required several journey and special interventions”
“The numerous efforts deployed to the issue almost yielded the required result when a draft was agreed by all parties at a final meeting. However, in a twist of situation some of the agreements were wrongly captured in the document released to NAMA as ATC Scheme of Service. This came to us as a rude shock, and we have
reacted to it accordingly in a letter to the Ministry of Aviation and other relevant agencies of government”