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NATCA Reiterates Need for Life Insurance Scheme

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The Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers’ Association (NATCA) has called for a well packaged health or life insurance scheme for Air Traffic Controllers (ATOs), considering the enormity of work and the dangers they are exposed to.

 

President, NATCA, Abayomi Agoro, made this call during the review of achievements under his tenure at the Association’s 49th Extra-Ordinary virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) recently, saying that the death of six of its members in the last calendar year to one ailment or the other underscores NATCA’s continuous call for a well packaged health or life insurance scheme for ATCOs.

 

“While NATCA recalls with relish the success stories of the tenure under review, we also remember with a heavy heart, six members of our association who sadly were lost to one ailment or the other.

 

“This unfortunate incidents underscores our continuous call for a well packaged health or life insurance scheme for ATCOs, considering the enormity of work and the dangers we are exposed to,” he explained.

 

Recounting achievements under his two years tenure, Agoro said members in batches A and B were upgraded to level 12 (GL 12); stating that the promotion had been due for over four years.

 

This, according to him became possible due to the Minister of Aviation’s (Hadi Sirika) fatherly intervention which has not only helped in injecting industrial harmony, but also fostered a renewed dedication, commitment and motivated NATACA members who had been hitherto demoralised and frustrated by the delay.

 

He added that the with the support of Sirika, was the recent provision of a new safe tower and the approval for the provision of a 3D simulator (elements critical to air safety) for the training of Air Traffic Controllers in NAMA, to facilitate and make for seamless training/rating of Air Traffic Controllers.

 

“Also beyond the support extended to air navigation safety, he said the Minister had also consistently ensured that his transformation agenda is felt particularly in the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and in the entire Aviation industry in general.

 

“Such commendable giant strides in pushing the frontiers of the aviation sector in Nigeria has largely ushered in a new era of innovation driven aviation industry as evident in the recent provision of a new safe tower and the approval granted for the provision of a 3D simulator (elements critical to air safety) for the training of Air Traffic Controllers in NAMA, this will facilitate and make for seamless training/rating of Air Traffic Controllers; a development, which in practical terms is key and Germaine to aviation industry.”

 

The President reiterated NATCA’s strong determination and commitment to collaborate closely with the Minister to continually make the Nigerian airspace safe and globally competitive for a world class Air Traffic Management (ATM).

 

He thanked all the heads of aviation agencies, particularly the management of NAMA on the outstanding support and commitment as exemplified in the sponsorship of the 48th AGM held in Kano.

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