NAAE Highlights Challenges, Prepares For National Conference

The National President of National Association of Air traffic Engineers (NAAE), Engr Ishaya Dung says dearth of dedicated operational vehicles, unreliable medical care due to inefficient take off of the NHIS scheme, non-conveyance and implementation of the reviewed conditions of service have remained the greatest challenges of his association.

He however notes that despite numerous challenges in carrying out its duties, the association has worked so hard at all times to achieve a safe and efficient air navigation.

Dung, who revealed this in a statement on the preparation for NAAE’s national conference in Abuja, explained that licensing of members on Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEP) was ongoing at an encouraging pace, stressing that very soon, the backlog of engineers waiting to be trained and licensed as ATSEPs would be cleared and called for a review of ATSEP’s professional allowances.

“We are also faced with challenges in terms of running cost and logistics because of the high cost of travel (particularly air travel) which limits our level of in-person participation in industry-based activities,” he said.

On the association’s forthcoming conference in Abuja with its theme “The Dynamics of Emerging Technologies and the role of ATSEPs in the safety of air navigation infrastructures”, Dung explained that the topic aimed at stimulating awareness among all stakeholders to keep pace with the advancement in CNS/ATM technology which was becoming more and more digital and interoperable.

Dung said dignitaries expected at the event are the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Aviation, the National assembly Aviation Committee members, the aviation agency CEOs, among others.

According to him, the Conference will take place at NICON LUXURY Hotel, Abuja on October 27 to  28, 2022 at 10am.

“It is an election year. And we hope for a very successful AGM,” he said.

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