Tuesday 16 October 2012

New NATCA President Comrade Eyaru Pledges to unite members.

By Lateef Lawal

The new president of the Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers’ Association [NATCA] Mr. Victor Eyaru has pledged to pursue vigorously the welfare of controllers in the country during his tenure in the discharge of their duty. Speaking to reporters in Makurdi, Benue State, immediately after he was declared winner of the keenly contested election, Mr. Eyaru said, the welfare of controllers remained paramount in the programme of the new executive. While assuring that controllers will remain dedicated to their duty by giving their best towards ensuring safety of the airspace, the NATCA boss warned against compromise which he said, will not be tolerated within the association as usual. He assured that all aggrieved parties will be reconciled for the progress of NATCA adding, that it was time to foster unity for the overall development of both the association and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency.

Mr. Eyaru, who commended the immediate past executive of NATCA for their achievements while in office, solicited the support of members in order to succeed during his tenure. The immediate past president of NATCA, Alhaji Haske Jibrin, charged the new executive to be honest, resourceful, focused and have defined goals and objectives in order to succeed. Alhaji Jilbrin noted, that nothing can exist in a vacuum and called for a very solid foundation warning, that it was not going to be easy as a lot of obstacles will be on their way as the aviation industry was a highly dynamic and challenging with a lot of vested interests everywhere.
“A lot of vested interests here and there, navigating through all these interests is often difficult but as a leader there is nowhere to hide and they simply have to make their choices and live with the consequences”

Commenting on his six year years as NATCA president, Jibrin said, the era recorded tremendous progress in air traffic control in the country which has directly imparted positively in the lives of ATC and their families. He noted that during his tenure that attention of the NAMA management was drawn to the challenges faced with in the discharge of their duties especially the problems with two area control centres in Lagos and Kano and the four approach control units in the country.
Jibrin regretted that, during his tenure, the association was unable to organize seminars where ATC would have received some training on latest development in aviation generally and air traffic control in particular.

Courtesy: Nigerian Aviaition News.


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