In order to boost capacity of existing manpower in Air Traffic Management for the implementation of Performance Based Navigation (PBN), the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), has embarked on the training of 15 Air Traffic Controllers on a combined Terminal Approach Surveillance Radar/Area Airways Surveillance Radar course at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria.
The combined course, which made its debut in Nigeria commenced on September 28 and is scheduled to last for 10 weeks. The agency said, prior to this time, the two courses were taken separately by the college while Air Traffic Controllers were trained abroad at heavy cost to the agency for the combined course.
In a statement, the Managing Director of NAMA, Ibrahim Abdulsalam noted that the combined radar course, which is another milestone in Nigerian aviation, became possible as fallout of the MOU signed recently with NCAT. According to him, it was in keeping with the federal government policy on training, stressing that “this innovation therefore is targeted at reducing cost to the agency as well as shortening the time lag between both trainings as On-the-Job-Training (OJT) for the two courses would be done sequentially as against when they used to be run separately.”