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Air traffic engineers demand more hands

National Association of Air Traffic Engineers (NAAE) have s said that it is important for the  Federal Government to acknowledge the dearth of manpower in the aviation industry calling on them to replace retiring engineers in the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency in order to ensure continuity.
NAAE’s national president, Engr. Makanjuola Ebenezer who spoke on return from the association’s AGM /Election in Enugu, said the call became necessary as a result of number of engineers that will be disengaging from the system next year.
According to Ebenezer, the association was trying to avoid the negative safety implications of not replacing retired engineers in NAMA as soon as they were out of the system.
The NAAE president explained that with a reliable and safe airspace in the country there was need to fill the vacuum as soon as possible to ensure that there was no gap in the system.
While stressing the need for training and retaining of its NAAE members Engr. Ebenezer called for rating allowances for them.
While commending the management of NAMA for the provision of effective, efficient and reliable navigational aids, NAAE appealed to members to always have in their mind that safety remained their watchword and must be committed to duty at all times.
Engr. Ebenezer expressed satisfaction with communication, surveillance and navigational equipment in the NAMA adding that in the past 25 years no air crash has been traced to the fault of an air traffic engineer in the system.
Meanwhile, NAAE has reiterated total support for the management of NAMA, NCAA, NCAT and Ibom International airport.
In a communiqué signed by Engr. Makanjuola Ebenezer and George Ikeako president and assistant general secretary respectively, NAAE called for the appointment  of qualified ATSEPs as airspace managers at the two out of the four major airports in the country.
The body also called for the consideration of the enrollment of all ATSEPs with the National Health Insurance scheme program of the federal government.
For the purpose of professional efficiency, the association also called on NAMA management to consider the important of a substantive general manager for the Electromechanical department as soon as possible.
The body announced the election of Engr. Makanjuola Ebenezer president, Engr. Miri SD deputy president, Omeje Francis general secretary, Engr. Kalu Joseph Kalu PRO

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