The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency ( NAMA ) has started a competency appraisal of Aeronautical Information Services ( AIS ) officers in all airports across the country.
Its Managing Director, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, said this in a statement in Lagos on Monday. Akinkuotu said that the exercise, which was targeted at testing AIS officers in areas such as Aeronautical Charts, AIS Publication and Operations, was started from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos. According to him, the exercise will be replicated in other airports in the country in the coming weeks.
Akinkuotu said that NAMA placed premium on building capacity of staff, adding that sustained training and retraining of personnel were being carried out to ensure they possessed competencies required to perform critical functions. He said their functions impacted on safety and they needed to keep pace with modern trends in the highly dynamic world of aviation.
The General Manager, AIS, Mr Kabir Gusau, said that the periodic competency checks were in line with Annex 15 of the International Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
Gusau said this was also necessary to ensure that personnel demonstrated the required competencies to handle specific critical operations. He said that constant assessment would enable the agency to detect and correct shortfalls as they occurred.
Akinkuotu was quoted as saying this when he received the participants in his office in Lagos.
The NAMA boss promised to approve the training of another batch of ATCs for the same course in November. He advised them to use the benefit of the course to improve on the agency’s ability to handle emergencies.