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NACAN canvasses upgrading of equipment at airports

By on March 26, 2011

THE National Aeronautical Communicators Association of Nigeria (NACAN) has called for the upgrading of communication equipment in all airports across the country. Rising from its 5th delegate’s conference in Ilorin, Kwara State, NACAN, in a communiqué issued, noted that the provision of air traffic communications services, as an important component in flight safety, should be given its pride of place.

The communique, signed by its president, Mr Philip Aderosoye and General Secretary,  Mr  Nkambo George, called on the management of NAMA, to put in place the machinery to ensure the Total Aeronautical Handling System (AMHS) coverage of all airports.

It noted with regret the non-confirmation of a substantive General   Manager (Communications) despite entreaties from the associations  in the past five years, calling on the management to as a matter of utmost concern and urgency take a positive decision on the issue in the interest of ‘posterity, peace and progress of the department in particular  and NAMA in general’.

It also appealed to the management of NAMA  to ensure the transfer of communications personnel who had spent above 25 years in one station in order to give them sense of belonging as they were becoming highly demoralised.

The congress-in-session also adopted a change in the nomenclature of the profession in line with the approved scheme of service with the new name now known as Air Traffic Communication officer.

While commending the management of NAMA for the approval granted to employ 20 communicators-in-training and for the intervention in the rehabilitation of the communications centre at MMIA, the association called for its extension to other airports which were in dire need of similar action.

Source : Tribune