NATCA commends NAMA over TRACON spares, seeks end to poor radio communications

Posted by Sade Williams

The Nigeria Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), has expressed delight at the acquisition of spare parts for the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON), saying it will further aid the work of ATCs.

This is just as National president of NATCA Abayomi Agoro, appealed to the Federal government to assist NAMA end what he described as poor radio communications between Pilots and controllers.

He said  this appeal became necessary as NAMA can no longer bear the financial burdens of maintaining some of the navigational aids as a result of high cost of maintenance.

Agoro urged the Federal government to look inwards  at getting money from the Bilateral Air Services Agreement funds to keep the system running without breakdown.

He noted that the management of NAMA under the present leadership has done its best to keep the system working especially with the recent acquisition of radar spare parts.

According to the NATCA president, the association will maintain professionalism and strive to ensure that customers of NAMA get valuable services.

Agoro renewed call for the government to continue retraining and recruitment of Air Traffic Controllers to fill the vacuum created in the system as a result of retirement of personnel.

On remuneration for air traffic controllers at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Zaria, Agoro lamented the poor allowances package for them stressing that the college was not fair to the ATCs there.

Agoro, who vowed to take the matter up with the relevant authorities, said what they earn as allowances was not commensurate with their position.

Agoro was elected president of NATCA December 2018 to lead air traffic controllers in Nigeria in the next three years.

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