By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA â€” Minister ofÂ Aviation, Mr. Babatunde Omotoba, has reiterated federal governmentâ€™s commitment towards training of Air Traffic Electronics Personnel (ATEP), with a view to ensuring the safety of the nationâ€™s airspace.
Mr. Omotoba, who stated this at the opening ceremony of a Symposium/Award Night, in Abuja , noted that ATSEP was critical in ensuring safety of air transportation.
He said ATEP personnel they were also responsible for the specification, procurement, installation, calibration, maintenance, flight-testing and certification of ground electronics for controlling aircraft movement.
According to the minister, â€œwe need to be up-dated on new developments and technologies in the industry, particularly now that the Nigerian aviation industry is under focusâ€.
The minister, who also urged the personnel to take their training seriously whenever they were sent oversees, added that â€œwhen we send you for training oversees, take it seriously, donâ€™t just sign in and go for shoppingâ€.
He charged them to be alive to their responsibilities in order to justify governmentâ€™s huge investments in both manpower and infrastructure development in the sector.
He said that the symposium would go a long way in enlightening the personnel on their roles to ensure safety in the sector.
The National President of the National Association of Air Traffic Engineers (NAAE) Mr. Isaac Orishaleye, had earlier said that the symposium was organised to deliberate on how to move the industry forward.
Orishaleye enjoined all aviation agencies and parastatals to take the replacement of obsolete equipment, training and re_training more seriously, adding that â€œthe association is interested in the the total replacement of these equipment in our airportsâ€.
He noted that training was important in the sector to maintain the currency and proficiency of ATEP at all times.
The symposium organised by NAMA, NCAT, NCAA and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency was themed â€œRoles, Rights, Privileges and Limitations of ATSEP in Air Safetyâ€.