Posted by Sade Williams
The President of Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers’ Association (NATCA), Mr Agoro, Abayomi Omotayo has disclosed that the induction of the newly rated Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) was intended to usher them into the complex, stressful and demanding environment of the traffic control systems in order to prepare them for the new responsibilities.
Speaking at the induction of the newly rated / licensed ATCs Agoro explained that they will be exposed to the structure and responsibilities of the civil aviation agencies in the country and to be mentored to appreciate professional values, ethics and behaviour of the Air Traffic Control operational environment.
The NATCA President urged the newly inducted ATCs to maintain highest professional conduct in the discharge of their responsibilities as the shepherd of the skies.
Agoro, assured them of his executive’s support always and to partner with them in activities geared towards improving the general wellbeing of the profession.
The Director of Operations Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Mr Mathew Lawrence Pwajok, in his speech expressed happiness towards the new trend of inducting newly rated/Licensed controllers by the NATCA executives.
Pwajok advised the inductees to remain focus and be disciplined in the practice of what they learnt through the period of their studies and promised that the management of Nigerian Airspace management Agency (NAMA), was ready to make available necessary tools for the standard practice of their profession.
Presenting a paper titled ‘’Air Traffic Control and management, head of medical unit of Kupa Aero Medical, Dr Andrew Enumah, posited that stress posed a lot of danger on an Air Traffic Controller if not properly managed.
Enumah encouraged Air Traffic Controllers to identify their level of stress at any point in time in order to give proper attention to it before it posed significant effect on the individual thereby, affecting the safety of traffic management in the airspace.
Also in another paper presentation ‘’Qualifications, qualities, ethics and responsibilities of the Air Traffic Controller’’ by NATCA Vice President Professional and Technical Mr Ahmad Abba admonished the newly inducted ATCs to at all times recognise the positions and qualities they hold and bring to the fore the ethics and professional conduct imbibed in them during the period of their studies.
Abba stated that it will be unacceptable to the association if any of the inductees was found wanting, and that NATCA will not fail to wade in their sanctions on anyone who was lackadaisical in the practice of his/her duties.
The General Secretary of the association, Rev Agbolahor Felix administered the Oath of membership on the inductees.
Meanwhile, the public relations officer of NATCA, James Alexander Otanjah said the recent induction of the newly rated /licensed controllers in Port Harcourt was one of the requirements after undergoing several rigorous trainings beginning with Aerodrome control approach control and private pilot licence training at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Zaria.
Otanjah said thereafter, the controller will proceed to the field for a proper rating and obtaining the requisite licence for a period of not less than four years.
According to the image maker of NATCA, licences can only make a controller full fledged ATC but does not give power for solo control at the Tower as such an ATC must complete a six month post licence supervision under a controller after which the ATC will be allowed to function.
He said the ATC remained one of the highly trained, regulated and monitored as their job was that of ensuring safety while working in highly technically regulated industry with same operational safety documents across the globe.
Otanjah assured the public of ATCs continued professionalism in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities to the travelling public.