The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has trained fourty-seven of its personnel on aviation-related safety courses as part of efforts to ensure that the use of the airspace by its operators, especially in the ongoing fight against insurgency and other forms of criminality in the country, is conducted in accordance with international best practices.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola has disclosed in a statement on Friday.
According to the statement, the Rector Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Zaria, Captain Abdulsalami Mohammed, speaking during the combined graduation ceremony of the personnel from Air Traffic Control Assistants/Base Operations and Fire Fighters’ Course 2/2019 on friday at the Air Traffic Services Training Centre (ATSTC) Kaduna, said the presence of well informed and quality Air Traffic Services (ATS) personnel in an air operations environment was key to effective flight operations and efficient management of the airspace, to prevent hazards both in the air and on ground.
Captain Mohammed urged the graduating students to contribute their quota, for efficient air operations to deal with the current internal security challenges in the Country, having been equipped with requisite knowledge to effectively discharge their duties in the airfield environment.
Also speaking, the Commandant ATSTC, Air Vice Marshal Haruna Mohammed, urged the students to be good ambassadors of the ATSTC through their conduct and exemplary behavior in their various units. He thanked the Guest of Honour for his support in all training and administrative matters of the Centre and equally extolled the CAS for his passion towards training in the NAF.
Highlights of the event included the presentation of certificates to all the graduating students, which included 3 females, as well as merit awards to 6 students who distinguished themselves during the course.