A key player in the Nigerian aviation sector is calling on professionals in the industry to up the ante in the areas of professionalism and efficiency of Aeronautical Information Service
Stories: Anthony Awunor
The Commissioner, Chief Executive, Accident Investigations Bureau AIB Dr Felix Abali has stressed the need for aviation professionals in the country to raise the standard, professionalism and efficiency of Aeronautical Information Service.
In a speech at Uyo to mark the world AIS day, Dr Abali said all over the world that the aviation sector was undergoing a rapid transformation and becoming more technical intensive and technologically driven.
“There is a growing need for the proper integration of man and machine, including training for effective operation in a seamless environment of zero tolerance or delays in safety critical Aeronautical Information dissemination”
Dr Abali noted that the implementation of AIS automation in Nigeria was long overdue adding that measures were being taken to actualize it adding that safety delivery was a huge responsibility on AIS professionals needed to rededicate themselves towards the provision of a quality assured Aeronautical data. According to him, the role of effective and efficiency of Air navigation cannot be over emphasised hence the need to comply effectively.
The AIB Boss implored the management of NCAA, NCAT and NAMA to train and motivate all AIS staff for effective delivery of the risk ahead of them adding capacity development was a vital solution to the growing cases of human factors which accounted for most of the accidents and serious incidents in the aviation industry.
He stressed that safety remained the primary concern of the aviation community worldwide including military, civil, scheduled and non scheduled flights operations, chartered flights or commercial aviation using any form of aircraft.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency NAMA, Engr Ibrahim Abdulsalam has acknowledged that pivotal role being played by members of AIS saying it was essential to NAMA.
Represented by the Director of human resource of NAMA Dr Uwem Akason said data managing and processing were vital to Airspace users hence the activities of AIS were taken very seriously.
Abdusalam assured them of the management’s support in training saying, that the agency was fashioning out ways of increasing its internally generated revenue to meet it’s internal request from staff.
While assuring of the minister’s resolve on the completion of AIS automation, the NAMA boss stressed the need for team work among staff in order to lift up the agency.